4-Minute Teacher Review Video on Teaching Foundational Story Elements, Visualization, and Responsibility
by Alana Pedalino
“My favorite part of my students’ reaction to this book was that they couldn’t believe a boy had a paper route!” —Jaclyn Pearson, First Grade Teacher
Jaclyn Pearson’s first grade students from Brentwood Elementary in Des Plaines, Illinois, couldn’t get over the fact that kids not much older than themselves ever had jobs as paper carriers!
To them, the idea of a kid getting up before dawn and being trusted with such a big responsibility on their own was mind-boggling—and so Dav Pilkey’s The Paperboy inspired lots of hilarious and thoughtful conversations among Jaclyn and her students. Watch her teacher review video for ideas on how you can use The Paperboy with your class for many different activities, including:
• Compare and Contrast: Jaclyn encourages her students to examine the illustrations and text on the second page and second-to-last page of The Paperboy to identify similarities and differences.
• Identifying Story Elements: Students can track a main character through various changes in setting, which creates opportunities to discuss the plot, as well as the who, where, and what of the story.
• Understanding Responsibility: The Paperboy can inspire conversations about the things in students’ lives that they are responsible for.
• Mentor Text for Adjectives: With the cold morning, the boy’s empty bag, and other vivid details, Dav Pilkey makes use of many adjectives throughout The Paperboy. Encourage students to find examples of describing words in The Paperboy and use them in mentor sentences.
• Creative Inferencing: Since there is no dialogue in The Paperboy, students can create thought bubbles and speech bubbles for the boy and his dog to relate what they think may be happening in the story.
Plus Jaclyn suggests trying out an original musical activity based on The Paperboy. She plays snippets of music while reading the book, and then asks her students to think about whether the songs match what is taking place in the story.
How do you plan to use The Paperboy with your class? 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.