Grace Goes to Washington by Kelly DiPucchio



"Who's in charge here?"

When Grace learns about the three branches of the United States government, she and the rest of the student council put the lesson into practice as they debate how to spend the money from a school fund-raiser. The arguments continue as they travel to Washington, DC, for a field trip. Grace feels closer than ever to her dream of becoming president someday, but she and her classmates have a lot to learn about what it means to serve the needs of the people, especially when the people want such different things!

Targeted Vocabulary:

  • Diagram - a simple drawing that shows how something works
  • Council - a group of people chosen to manage something
  • Monument - a statue, building, or other structure built to remember a person or event
  • Lobbied - to persuade someone to do something
  • Gavel - a small wooden tool that is hit on a hard surface by a judge or someone in charge to get the attention of a group

Resiliency Skill/Theme

  • Flexible - bendable; not hard in your ideas
  • Adaptable - able to change to fit the time or situation
  • In the book, Grace Goes to Washington, Grace showed that she was flexible by setting aside her own plan for how to spend the cookie sale money to fight for someone else's idea.
  • Have you had to change your mind or your actions to make a friend or try something new? Write about it in your journal.


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We were the people who were not in the papers. 

We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. 

We lived in the gaps between the stories.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale