Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

Post-reading Essay Questions:

Directions: Choose one of the following possible essay topics to write about. You do NOT have to write about each one. After reading the list of choices, if you have another idea for an essay topic. feel free to write about that one.

  1. Tell about your “seedfolks.” This might be how your family heritage started. This might be how you have formed an extended family beyond your actual bloodlines (like the gardeners did). This might be a group of friends that has added and subtracted many members over the years. What was your group like before you “modernized” and how have you changed over the years?
  2. What did the gardeners learn were misconceptions about the different nationalities, cultures and countries through meeting people in the garden? How does this turn into advice to people outside of the garden community?
  3. How is the garden a microcosm of the real world? One community includes the people who come to the garden from all over the neighborhood, and one community is the non-gardeners. How are the two communities similar and different?
  4. Some of the stories seem less finished than others. I have often wondered what happened to many of the characters from this novel. Finish the story of one the most interesting stories you read. (creative)
  5. One nationality will often make judgments about another based on false or missing or misinformation. Amir even admits that another character called him a “dirty foreigner.” Tell of a time that this might have happened, and how people should act with others.

Creative Organizational Format:
  • summary fo the story from the novel
  • try to take on the same voice as the character int hat chapter
  • beginning was in the novel, middle and the end you have to write.
  • conflict, resolution of problems
  • dialogue (between characters or internal monologue)

Ideas Organizational Format:

1. Introductory Paragraph
Example or a story to catch reader's attention
Thesis Sentence stating your opinion (list the 3 supporting ideas for the next three paragraphs)
Transition Sentence (link phrase or a word used in both paragraphs)
2. Supporting Idea #1
Topic Sentence that is the main ideas for just this paragraph.
Three other sentences
Transition Sentence (link phrase or a word used in both paragraphs)
3. Supporting Idea #2
Topic Sentence that is the main ideas for just this paragraph.
Three other sentences
Transition Sentence (link phrase or a word used in both paragraphs)
4. Supporting Idea #3
Topic Sentence that is the main ideas for just this paragraph.
Three other sentences
Transition Sentence (link phrase or a word used in both paragraphs)
5. Conclusion Paragraph
Restate Thesis Sentence stating your opinion - in different words (list the 3 supporting ideas for the next three paragraphs)