If you're like me, every year you have one or two voracious readers who long for complex stories. Here's one that's true. Upper elementary teachers, take note. Add this book to your libraries. I've described an activity from the Boyds Mills Press website and included a character trait dictionary that I use with my class. Enjoy!
Activity Name: Alice Paul's Traits
Activity Description: Each student should create a T-chart that describes aspects of Alice Paul’s character. For each quality they should include a sentence from the book that supports that trait. A sample trait could be "studious." The sentence that proves that trait could be, "By the time Alice was a junior, she had become a serious student who often hung a “busy” sign on her door and studied into the night (page 18). "
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.