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The Dot

The Dot - Peter H. Reynolds

This book would probably work best in a first or second grade classroom. This is a story about a character named Vashti who did not believe she could draw. Her art teacher encouraged her by placing the dot she drew above her desk. This inspired Vashti to keep drawing and to learn new ways to draw her famous dot. In the end of the story Vashti herself encouraged a little boy that he too could be a great drawer. This story would be great for encouragement and to act as a reminder to students that they can do anything they set their mind to. It also could remind students that they need to encourage the people around them to try any task before they decide to quit. We could discuss as a group a time we wanted to quit or did quit something that maybe now we realize we can do.