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Conversations with Sharon Draper

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Author:Kaleda Williams-Zanders
System: Hale County
School: Greensboro Middle School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33231


Conversations with Sharon Draper


In this interactive lesson, students will develop questions to ask Sharon Draper, author of Copper Sun about her book.

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

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
ELA2015 (7)
26. Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation. [W.7.7]
ELA2015 (7)
38. Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening. [L.7.3]
a. Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.* [L.7.3a]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

The student will:

  • produce clear, concise questions for the author
  • investigate the novel for themes, motifs, or concepts that may need clarifying
  • investigate the plot structure and conflict in the novel
  • predict possible answers to the questions generated by the class
  • work collaboratively with peers

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

91 to 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Technology Resources Needed:


digital projector

Established Edmodo accounts for teacher and students

Sharon Draper Official Website


Read Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Established Edmodo accounts for teacher and students

Knowledge of Edmodo and its components

Check Internet connections

Check access to Sharon Draper Official Website

Access Sharon Draper Website for email instructions

Assign students to groups of four

  1. Ask students to raise their hands if they have ever read a book and wanted to ask the author a question after finishing the book. Hopefully, there will be 10 or more hands raised.
  2. Allow students to share the question they would have asked.
  3. Ask students if there are any questions they would like to ask the author of Copper Sun. Hopefully, several hands will raise again.
  4. Inform students that today's class will focus on developing questions to ask Sharon Draper, the author of Copper Sun. These questions will be emailed to the author.
  5. Give students to work in groups of four to develop a list of five questions they would like to ask the author pertaining to Copper Sun. Allow students 10-15 minutes to complete this task.
  6. Once students have finished brainstorming questions, have students log into their computers.
  7. Guide students to the Official Sharon Draper website.
  8. Have students, as groups, look on the Sharon Draper website under the tab "Homework Helper."
  9. Have students look under each tab under "Homework Helper" to see if they can find the answers to any of their questions. If so, those students will need to brainstorm new questions to ask. Give students 15 minutes to complete this task.
  10. After students have narrowed down their questions and possibly found answers, have students log into Edmodo and post their five questions.
  11. After students have posted their questions, project the questions and allow the students to discuss which questions they would like to ask Ms. Draper. The class can only ask 3 questions.
  12. Once the students have decided on the three questions, the teacher will email Ms. Draper according to her instructions on her website.


Assessment Strategies

The questions created by the students will act as a form of assessment.


Those students who show an intense interest in speaking with Sharon Draper may write a letter to ask some of their questions.


Because this is a collaborative lesson with the class, students who struggle will have the support of their classmates to complete this assignment.

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.