So excited that this novel will soon be in my classroom, and I absolutely love the activity that Tami Charles has designed. If you're looking for a way to move up the SAMR model this would be a fantastic way to start. Even more important than technology, this activity encourages kids to identify positive attributes in themselves and celebrate their successes. Tami Charles has asked that if you do the activity below, that you let her know through Twitter @TamiWritesStuff.
Activity Name: How Are You Like Vanessa?
Activity Description: Vanessa overcomes obstacles such as bullying and racism to reach her goal. Ask students to identify how they, like Vanessa, have overcome challenges to pursue their dreams. Watch some sample videos below for inspiration. These are a ton of fun.
Whether it be for one specific student, a small group of kids, or a whole class, finding a "just right" book makes the teacher's and the students' day.