Value: Empathy/Resilience/Kindness

Time: long- this is a chapter book! Time varies with reading speed and activity choices.

Appropriate Ages: 11+

Materials:

  • Book: 

 

Discussion:

After completion of the text, consider posing the following questions for discussion:​.

On Kindness:

  • In their home economics class, some girls insult Nova without intending to because they don't realize she can understand what they are saying. Have you ever been in a situation with other people where you or another person accidentally offended or hurt someone else's feelings? How can these situations be avoided?

  • After reading this book did you have any new impressions about how you want to treat fellow people with special needs?

On Empathy:

  • What did you learn that you did not previously know about kids in foster care?

    • How does understanding this make you want to act differently towards these people?​​

  • What did you learn that you did not previously know about kids with special needs and/or autism specifically?​

    • How does understanding this make you want to act differently towards these people?​

 

On Resilience:

  • What are some unique challenges Nova faces that you have never faced?

    • How does she respond to these challenges?​

    • How does her response change throughout the book?

    • At the end of the book, what is her plan going forward?

    • How does the response of people around her affect her progress and resilience when she is faced with a new challenge? Consider how she is viewed and treated by:

      • Bridget​

      • Her social worker

      • Her teacher

      • Her new foster parents

 

On Space History:

  • What did you learn about the history of spaceflight and/or the launch of the Challenger that you found interesting?

  • How do you think watching the Challenger explosion affected elementary school children who did not have special needs or who did not have the unique life circumstances Nova did?

    • How do you think the United States government felt and responded to that tragedy?

    • What should they have done?

    • What did they do (research may be needed here)?

Activity Options:​​

  • Plan a time to volunteer in your school or community with the special needs community. Do kids at school need mentors during or after school? Are there community service organizations to spend time with this community?

  • Invite someone who is currently in foster care over to your home to make friends with them.

  • Watch a video of the Challenger explosion as it was broadcast on live television.​​

    • Link here:​

    • Consider the discussion questions listed above under "Other Topics"

Happy

Reading!

Alana

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