Mrs. Shue

TEACHER'S COPY - MAY COPY PAGE 2 FOR YOUR STUDENTS

Identification and Discussion Questions

1. What's unusual about the following first paragraph?

(Ask the question after telling the students you are going to read the first paragraph. Hopefully, the students will identify the rhyme scheme: Shue-do, den-depends-spend, blue-Shue.)

2. Can anyone recite the beginning of "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe?"

3. How is Mrs. Shue like Mr. O'Hare?

(Both turned over responsibility to others.)

4. Is there ever a time when a person has the right not to work but just live?

5. For some people work is a job and for others it is a joy. What makes the difference?

6. Do you already know what work you will do as an adult? If so, what will be the joy in your job?

For-Fun Questions

1. What would be the disadvantages of living in a shoe?

2. Would any particular kind of shoe be better than another?

Examples:

high heel vs. sneaker

loafers vs. laceup

croc vs. leather

sandal vs. boot

Inference

What did Mrs. Shue do when she turned her attention away from her business?

(Refer to, "but then you acted like the queen expecting others to care for you")

Creative Activity

Ask participants to draw a floor plan of an object in which a person might live in a nursery rhyme. Either display the drawings or have volunteers show and describe theirs.

Diverse Thinking

How does the picture on page 21 relate to this story?

Just for Today

Make a gift of your energy and help your mom, dad, brother, sister, friend, neighbor do some work that is a job and not a joy. It can be something small and not take very long.

Vocabulary

charges


evolve


initially


den