ALEX Lesson Plan


A Weed is a Flower

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Author:Carol Blair
System: Opp City
School: Opp Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33230


A Weed is a Flower


In this lesson, students will learn to identify the main purpose of a text and distinguish it from their own point of view with the book A Weed is a Flower:  The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki and other informational texts.

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
CE (K-12)
25. Perseverance
ELA2015 (2)
15. Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe. [RI.2.6]
ELA2015 (2)
28. Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.2.8]
ELA2015 (3)
15. Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text. [RI.3.6]
ELA2015 (3)
29. Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories. [W.3.8]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will use writing and speaking to identify what the author wants to explain, answer, or describe.

Students will use writing and speaking to distinguish how their point of view is similar or different from that of the author.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Students will respond in writing to a question using gathered information from provided sources.

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Book:  A Weed is a Flower:  The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki

Other informational texts such as:

Ibis:  A True Whale Story by John Himmelman

Martin Luther King and the March on Washington by Frances Ruffin

Throw Your Tooth on the Roof by Selby Beeler

sticky pads

chart paper

Attached Author's Purpose graphic organizer (copied on front/back, one per student)

Technology Resources Needed:

George Washington Carver - History Video

Computer with Internet access

Digital projector or interactive whiteboard


Gather listed books

Make copies of graphic organizer

Check attached website for accessibility



1.  Watch video about George Washington Carver. 

2.  On sticky pads, write personality traits about George. 

3.  Turn and talk with partner. 

4.  Place notes on chart paper labeled "George Washington Carver = Perseverance".  Discuss the word "perseverance" and how it applies to George.

Developmental Activity:

5.  Read the story to students. Stop often to discuss the main purpose of each section and to distinguish their own point of view from that of the author.  Note times that George showed perseverance on the chart paper.

6.  Complete Author's Point of View graphic organizer together.

Culminating Activity:

7.  Students will work in small groups to design a poster of George Washington Carver's contributions. 

8.  Posters will be shared with class.

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Assessment Strategies

Partners will be given an informational text (see books listed above) to read.  Students will then individually complete the same Author's Point of View graphic organizer.  Graphic organizer will be checked for accuracy.


Students who have advanced computer skills will be allowed to research George Washington Carver on the Internet.  They will report interesting facts to the class.


Students who did not master this standard will meet with the teacher individually or in small groups for remediation.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.