“Take Me Out To The Yakyu” serves as a wonderful mentor text for teachers to model thinking aloud about an author’s purpose as well as drawing complex comparisons from text. Meshon compares baseball, language, and the two very different lifestyles depicted across cultures. Additionally, teachers can use this text to model how to read like a writer by noticing how the author uses text in different sizes, incorporates illustrations to add rich detail to the story, and blends special features, such as a comparison chart or an author’s note, to build reader schema. Furthermore, if used as a Read-Aloud, Take Me Out to the Yakyu can help build respect and community around the many cultures represented in a classroom.
This text will have wide appeal in the classroom and provides versatility as a mentor text. Preview the unique illustrations and colorful comparisons in this video of Take Me Out To The Yakyu.