Free Downloadable Activity and Discussion Guide Inspired by The Paperboy
by Alana Pedalino
After reading The Paperboy, one of the details that sticks in students’ minds is the huge responsibility on the paperboy’s shoulders—he has to get up before anybody else in the house, hop on his bike, and deliver newspapers around his neighborhood with his dog…all before the sun comes up!
Even if students don’t have their own paper routes, everyone has responsibilities at home and school. Use this free downloadable activity to encourage your students to respond to Dav Pilkey’s Caldecott Honor–winning picture book by thinking about why those responsibilities matter with this free downloadable activity:
Plus you can download this free discussion guide, made with the help of first grade teacher Jaclyn Pearson from this week’s Book Talks, to help navigate the important social-emotional learning topic in conversation before, during, and after reading with your students. It’s a great way to also explore:
• Tracking story elements
• The who, what, when, where, and why of a story
• Real-world connections: What do newspapers do for a community?
What kinds of responsibilities do your students have? Why are their responsibilities important? We’d love to hear from you! If you’re able, please share with us and other Scholastic Book Clubs teachers on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs. Plus hear other students’ responses in this week’s Book Boys video.
The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey
Caldecott Honor–Winning Picture Book by the Author of Captain
Underpants and Dog Man