Make It Happen! Josh Johnson, Tap Dancer

Make It Happen! Josh Johnson, Tap Dancer


Deep under the streets of New York City, the subway car doors slide open. Josh Johnson looks at the passengers as they crowd in around him, then he slips off his sneakers and replaces them with tap shoes.

As the train rumbles down the tracks, Josh steps into the middle of the car, confident and smiling. “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Josh Johnson,” he says. “Welcome to the Underground Tap Show. I am your host, you are my audience. This is a Broadway show without a Broadway ticket. If you would like to make any donations, please feel free. Here we go!”

Josh loves being a tap dancer. He likes being self-sufficient, so he performs to make money to pay for college. But he still does not want people to know that he struggles to pay for college and food to eat.

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Grade 2-8 | Nonfiction | ISBN: 978-1-68265-589-4 | Lexile: 670 | GRL: N | English
Grade 6-12 | Nonfiction | ISBN: 978-1-68265-590-0 | Lexile: 850 | GRL: S | English 

Make It Happen! Josh Johnson, Tap Dancer: 


  • Features relatable and diverse people to inspire readers 
  • Enables students to think about, plan for, and achieve their own goals 
  • Motivates readers to persevere to overcome obstacles such as bullying, learning challenges, and more! 
  • Includes strategies to identify, develop, and implement life skills critical to success 
  • Provides opportunities to explore different career paths 

Key features: 

  • Depth of Knowledge questions and standards-aligned activities for the classroom  
  • Discussion questions to support social-emotional learning 
  • Primary sources such as unique photos to help students relate in a personal way 
  • Glossary to build student vocabulary 

Make It Happen! 

The Make It Happen! series helps students build the skills necessary to reach their own goals. This series is not about learning how to become a superstar or hero. Instead, each book presents unique people who have overcome great challenges to succeed in work and life. 

A whole child approach ensures that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.

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