The Little Engine That Could is a classic that all kids can enjoy and relate to! These activities help students connect, discuss, and reflect on themselves and their goals. These are perfect lessons to start a school year!
There are excellent discussion prompts that touch upon retelling events, thinking within the text and beyond the text.
Also, there are several writing prompts for self-connections as well as a great "I think I can" writing that makes a nice bulletin board or portfolio piece:)