Honesty Reading List
A Day’s Work
by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ronald Himler
Francisco, a young Mexican-American boy, helps his grandfather find work as a gardener, even though the old man cannot speak English and knows nothing about gardening.
After reading the story to the class, process it with these or similar questions:
- Did you like the story?
- Do you think that Francisco thought that lying about knowing gardening was a bad thing? What reasoning did he use to justify it?
- How do you think Francisco felt when Ben explained the mistake they had made?
- Why do you think it was hard for Francisco to look at his grandfather when he told him about the mistake?
- How did Francisco react when his grandfather said they would come back tomorrow and fix their mistake?
- Why do you think Ben offered to pay them half the money on the first day and the rest when they fixed the mistake?
- Why do you think did his grandfather refused Ben’s offer of half the money that day?
- Why do you think Ben agreed to give them more work?
- Do you think that Francisco will remember this and be more honest?
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