After listening to the story, the students typed questions into a shared Google Doc. They read the questions and classified them by topic. They consulted several different sources to find answers to their questions. They reread the book and looked at the author's note and a timeline in the back of the book. They looked at the book's website and watched a video showing how the women made the bags into purses. They searched Pebble Go Next and Britannica Online. We emailed the Connecticut State Library to find out how plastic bags got to the Gambia. A librarian promptly emailed us back with links to oil refineries and plastic bag manufacturers and videos showing plastic bags being manufactured and shipping containers being loaded. We weren't always able to get answers and had to think of different ways to find them.
We tweeted the author to find out how long it took her to write the book. She answered us and invited us to video conference in mid-December. They are very excited. Stay tuned!