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Featured Article: “Her job is a walk in the park” by Julia Rothman and Shaina Feinberg
Linda Sadiker is a dog walker in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Many passers-by notice her as she usually walks 17-19 dogs at a time!
In this lesson you will learn about Mrs. Sadiker’s life as a professional dog walker. Next, you will interview a classmate or community member about their work.
Do you have a job? Have you ever had one before? For example, have you worked in a grocery store or restaurant, babysat, or helped in a family business?
Write at least three sentences that describe your experience at this job. Here are some prompts to get you started:
What were your responsibilities in the position?
What did you like about the job?
What was difficult about the job?
In the article you’re about to read, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at life as a dog walker. Have you ever walked dogs, either your own or someone else’s? Would you ever like to be a professional dog walker? Why or why not?
The article you will read includes five key vocabulary words. Take a look at the list below and see how many words you can define and use in an original sentence.
Then learn all five words and practice them with this list at Vocabulary.com.
Writing and Discussion Questions
Read the article onlineor as PDFthen answer the following questions:
1. The title of the article is “His work is a walk in the park”. What does the expression “a walk in the park” mean? Why do you think the authors chose this title?
2. What are Mrs. Sadiker’s responsibilities as a dog walker? What is his daily schedule?
3. Why do you think other dog walkers shake their heads when they see Mrs. Sadiker in the park?
4. How can Mrs. Sadiker make sure she earns enough money walking dogs?
5. How does Mrs. Sadiker relax when she’s not working as a dog walker?
Does anyone in your class have a cool job? Did they work at a local pizzeria or summer camp? Is there someone in your school or community with a job that interests you? For example, have you always wondered what it would be like to work in the washrooms or in a library?
Ask someone in your class or community about their work, then write an article about it, like the one you read on the dog walker. Follow these steps to get started:
1. Choose your interlocutor — either a classmate or a member of the community.
2. Write three questions to ask this person about their work. Think about the questions the authors of the article might have asked Ms. Sadiker, for example: “What question do you get asked most often about your work? »
3. Interview the person.
4. Write and illustrate your interview in the style of the article presented. Share your article with your class to learn about the different types of jobs that members of your class or community hold.
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