Path to the Stars Teaching Guide

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This Common Core-aligned teaching guide includes numerous individual and group activities sure to spark your students' love of science while helping to reinforce 21st century skills like initiative, persistence, and passion for doing what you love. Includes more than 10 discussion questions and pre- and post-reading activities, plus group and individual projects like researching meningitis and creating a comic strip that chronicles the coming-of-age traditions and ceremonies.

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Path to the Stars by Sylvia Acevedo
Path to the Stars
Author: Sylvia Acevedo

A meningitis outbreak in their underprivileged neighborhood left Sylvia Acevedo’s family forever altered. As she struggled in the aftermath of loss, young Sylvia’s life transformed when she joined the Brownies. The Girl Scouts taught her how to take control of her world and nourished her love of numbers and science. With new confidence, Sylvia navigated shifting cultural expectations at school and at home, forging her own trail to become one of the first Latinx to graduate with a master's in engineering from Stanford University and going on to become a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Also available in Spanish!

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