Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman (Grades 5 & up). One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.
This project/activity can be used after reading the book Seedfolks. It encourages students to think about the characters in the book and how to best describe them. They will choose a character and create a poem based on what they know about the character's contributions to the community garden.