Do your students struggle with having their voices heard? Read on to find Sofia Valdez, Future Prez activities and read-aloud questions to promote discussion on determination, activism, persistence and standing up for your beliefs.
Sofia Valdez shows what children can accomplish when standing up for their beliefs and making their voices heard. The themes of Sofia Valdez, Future Prez include all children having a voice that should be heard, and positive changes can happen when a community comes together.
The book gives you the opportunity to promote:
- role models
- community action
- standing up for your beliefs
- problem & solution
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez Summary
Sofia Valdez and her Abuelo love helping members of her community. They rake leaves, walk pets and deliver food to those stuck at home.
Walking to school, their dog chases a squirrel up Mount Trashmore, the town’s landfill. Sofia and Abuelo chase the dog over the landfill, and when they are at the top, the dump crashes, and Abuelo hurts his leg.
Sofia misses walking to school with Abuelo, so she comes up with the idea to turn Mount Trashmore into a park. She works on her plans and works up the courage to go to City Hall. She visits different departments, and a clerk tells her she can’t build a park because she was only a kid. Sofia bravely explains to the mayor why she wants to create a park. The mayor told Sofia to start a petition.
The community got involved in Sofia’s plan for a local park. Everyone came together to build the park when she was given the official go-ahead.
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty
Illustrator: David Roberts
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers (2019)
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Sofia Valdez, Future Prez Activities and Resources
I have created literacy graphic organizers for Sofia Valdez, Future Prez. You can find them at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. There are many activities for each literacy area to differentiate depending on your student’s ability/age. They include activities for:
- Cause & Effect
- Character Traits and Analysis
- Making Connections
- Point of View
- Problem and Solution
- Retelling, Sequencing and Summarizing
- Inference and Prediction
*Click on these links to discover book recommendations on these topics.
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez Activities and Links
- Abrams Books: Sofia Valdez, Future Prez Teaching Guide
- Center for American Women and Politics: Sofia Valdez, Future Prez read-loud guide
- Questioneers: Downloadable resources
- Words Alive: Sofia Valdez, Future Prez activities
FREE Sofia Valdez, Future Prez Activities
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Sofia Valdez, Future Prez Read-Aloud Questions
Read-aloud sessions are a wonderful way for children to understand the connection between written text and spoken language. You can model reading habits and strategies, reading fluency, tone and eye contact. You can also introduce different genres, authors and illustrators.
- Describe the problem faced by Sofia Valdez and the steps she took to solve it.
- How did the illustrations help you understand Sofia Valdez, Future Prez?
- How would you describe Sofia Valdez? What makes her a great leader?
- How do Andrea Beaty and David Roberts show Sofia Valdez's emotions throughout the book?
- Compare the community where you live to Sofia's. Is there anything you could do to make your neighbourhood as community-minded as Sofia's?
- Why do the community of Blue River Creek think Sofia Valdez could be President? What character traits does she have that would help her achieve this?
- Why was it necessary for Sofia to work cooperatively with the government officials and the people in the community to achieve her plan? Would she have been able to get a new park by herself?
- Sofia was afraid to talk in front of all the government officials. Have you ever felt afraid of doing something but did it anyway?
- What connection can you make to Sofia when the clerk told her, “You can't build a new park. You're only a kid!”?
- Why do Andrea Beaty and David Roberts include children from the Questioneers series?
You can find a full set of discussion cards in the Sofia Valdez, Future Prez Activity Bundle or as a separate pack.
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