My own children read this book in Spanish (they were immersion students) and I worried they weren't fully grasping the concepts in the novel, so this project started as a tool just for them. Since one of them (I have twins) is an avid cook, most of the photos of produce are linked to kid-friendly recipes or nutritional information.
When they showed their teacher what they were doing, she asked to use it with her entire class. Since they were reading it in Spanish, she had advanced readers do it all independently and struggling readers do bits and pieces depending on what they needed. This book project is designed to be used on a computer or tablet (perfect for iPads or Chromebooks). Included in this document are questions and activities developed to aid and deepen comprehension beyond the book and spark critical thinking—all in line with Common Core. More than 30 links to websites are embedded in this PDF document, so your students are just click away from activities, additional research, videos, and more. I really tried to balance reading, videos, audio, and charts to keep students engaged and expose them to diverse media.
As my twins' teacher did, it can be used individually or as a class; use all or part of it; the many enrichment links makes it ideal for early finishers and a great tool for homeschoolers.
It provides the perfect platform for doing an in-depth, cross-curricular novel study combining language arts with social studies and even a little math and science (history of California, Migratory Farmworkers, The Great Depression, figurative language, interpreting and creating graphs or charts, food production, human biology, Mexican American history, American history, Cesar Chavez and Delores Huerta).