Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato an Irish Folktale

Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato an Irish Folktale

DePaolo, T. ( 1992). Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato an Irish Folktale. New York, NY: Penguin Putnam Berkley Group,Inc.

This story is about a wife and her lazy husband Jamie O’Rourke. His wife gets injured so Jamie had to  find a way to provide for him and his wife. He ends up catching a leprechaun, and instead of taking his pot of gold, he traded the leprechauns freedom for a seed to grow the biggest potato.



Reader who like to read about the Irish; Readers who like leprechauns;

Rate:5; I think the story was very amusing and kept me wondering what will happen next while reading. I also enjoyed the artwork.

Question: What do you think Jamie O’Rourke will do with the big potato?

Reading Strategy: Preview-Predict-Confirm

B: Preview-Predict-Confirm is a strategy were the students will first skim through the book looking at each page. Then they will make a prediction on what words Tomie DePaola may have used without looking in the book then have them put each word on cards then sort them into categories. Then they will select three words, one they feel is common in a group, one that is unique in a group, and one interesting one. Then each group will discuss their three words and why they chose them. Then last they will read the book and while reading think of the words they predicted, then at the end confirm what words were used and what were not.

C: This strategy is good to determine what past knowledge they have and to see how well they can comprehend the pictures in the book.

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