Job Wanted for Book Talk Thursday

Facts and opinions can be tricky, but you can help your students gain a better understanding with this great mentor text.

Am I giving up Book Talk Thursday? Not yet! I hope to keep this going for a long time and love sharing my love of books with all of you. This week I am focusing on another Virginia Readers' Choice book, Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman. {Affiliate links provided to fund future book purchases.}

Book Summary

In the book, a dog approaches a farmer asking for a job. The farmer tells him that "Dogs just eat and don't give anything back." The dog is out to prove the farmer wrong. Each morning he goes to the farm to do another job. Each day the farmer tells him there isn't an opening for the animal. The dog, then goes and helps the farmer do his job in "jig time". In the end, the farmer realizes that he does need a dog. What a sweet story.

Classroom Application

I continue to work with the fifth graders on their comprehension skills. We used this book to focus on facts and opinion. The kids listened as I read the story for various examples of facts or opinions. I had them only listen for one or the other, so I didn't bog them down. Here were some of their examples.
Facts and opinions can be tricky, but you can help your students gain a better understanding with this great mentor text.

Overall, they had a great time doing this and really had a solid understanding of facts and opinions. Job Wanted is a great book for not making assumptions and using facts, not opinions of others!
Facts and opinions can be tricky, but you can help your students gain a better understanding with this great mentor text.


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