Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess
Written by Shari Green

Publisher’s Summary:
Dealing with her mother remarrying to a man with twin daughters and her family moving, deaf sixth-grader Macy is told that she must help her elderly neighbor Iris Gillan, who is also getting ready to move to a nursing home.

Primary Source Pairing:
Macy is not happy about her mother’s new marriage plans. She likes things the way they are, thank you very much. When she is tasked with helping her neighbor, she’s not sure things can get a lot worse, but at least she has an excuse to not work on the flowers for the wedding. Macy is deaf and communicates using American Sign Language (ASL). Throughout the story, different characters speak with Macy using ASL including her mother, her neighbor Iris, her new stepfather, and her new stepsisters. For this primary source pairing, invite students to study and practice the ASL alphabet chart. Challenge students to finger-spell their names, the title of this book, and the name of your school. As they are practicing the ASL alphabet, discuss how understanding sign language helps them better understand Macy as a character.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • How much of the text can you read? What does it say?
  • What do you see that looks strange or unfamiliar?
  • Practice finger-spelling your name and other names.
  • What are your reflections after practicing the ASL alphabet?
  • How does working with the ASL alphabet help you understand Macy as a character in the book Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
American Sign Language Alphabet: By Jazz Davis – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,