Pies From Nowhere Book Companion | Black History | Civil Rights Movement

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2nd - 5th, Homeschool
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Perfect for Black History Month, this literature guide for the picture book Pies From Nowhere introduces students to Georgia Gilmore, a hidden figure of the Civil Rights Movement. The story focuses on how Georgia helped sustain the Montgomery Bus Boycott by selling pies and cakes with the Club From Nowhere, and her relationship with Martin Luther King Jr. These activities are great for Guided Reading, independent or small group work, reading response, or in a center. Use it with Gr. 2-4 and homeschool.


** Comprehension Question Cards for the included biography – great for literature circles!

  • Vocabulary cards and matching definitions,
  • Characterization activities - I Am Poem, Character foldable,
  • Summarization Activity – Someone Wanted But So
  • The Important Thing About Georgia Gilmore – determining importance. This activity is modeled after the book The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Venn Diagrams where students compare themselves to Georgia Gilmore. Includes boy and girl versions with and without lines.
  • Theme activity
  • Analyze a quote activity
  • Writing Activities
  • Analysis of the historical marker at Georgia Gilmore's home in Montgomery, Alabama

Be sure to check out the preview for a more comprehensive view of what is included!

PLEASE NOTE: When you download this file, you will have a zip file containing three files:

  • The Pies From Nowhere Unit
  • Pies From Nowhere Digital Link and Instructions for Downloading

The digital version of the file is stored on Google™ Drive and formatted as Google™ Slides. You will need a Google™ Classroom or Google™ Drive account to access this file. There is a PDF file included in the download with links to the file. You will click on the link. A page will appear that allows you to make a copy of the file to your Google™ account.


  • Use in Guided Reading
  • Small Group
  • Independent Study



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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.


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