Mother Fletcher’s Gift • By • Cheryl Hamilton • Grade 6
Mother Fletcher's Gift • A policeman in Harlem meets one of the neighborhood’s most well-known citizens—the elderly Mother Fletcher. • Mother Fletcher invites the policeman and his family to Christmas dinner. The policeman would rather not go, but his wife and daughter insist. They have a wonderful visit, each learning something new about the spirit of giving.
Skill • Characters are the people or animals that take part in the events of a story. You can understand the characters by examining their words and actions. You can also understand characters by the way other people speak about them and act toward them.
Words to Know • Apparently • Fixtures • Flimsy • Incident • Subscribe • Survive
apparently • Seemingly; with the appearance of
fixtures • Things put in place to stay
flimsy • Easily torn or broken; not strongly made
incident • Something that happens; event
subscribe • To give your consent or approval; agree
survive • To continue to exist; remain