In this critical challenge students decode texts making connections between text and self and text and world by searching for the most impressive survivor in a variety of books and/or novels. The critical challenge begins with students considering the criteria for an impressive survivor. They then participate in shared readings and read-alouds of picture books and/or novels. Students will make judgments and draw conclusions about ideas in texts by determining the criteria for what makes an “impressive survivor”. They will then use these criteria to help them judge which of the given characters is the most impressive survivor. The flexibility of this challenge allows teachers to adapt the activities to suit a wide variety of texts and/or students.