Coyote School News
In the book Coyote School News by Joan Sandin, the characters/students
in the story created a school newspaper. They published articles and
illustrations about living in the desert Southwest, and about their
home and school lives. Over the course of several lessons, our students
at Ironwood Elementary School heard the story. After meeting a present
day southwestern vaquero (cowboy), they were given the opportunity
to compose their own newspaper articles, just as the students in "Coyote
School News" did! Now, you can enjoy this edition of Ironwood
Note: The "Little Cowpuncher" newspapers, on which the book
is based, were published without being edited by adults in order to
ensure that their voices could be heard, unrestrained. Some of the fourth
grade students at Ironwood Elementary School composed the following
newspaper articles and illustrations. Their work, too, is presented
The western people
Today I met a real live cowboy. His name is Jesse. He made me
want to write this artical. I'm just going to tell you what he
taught me. He said that his dog Prima helps him alot. One of the
things the dog does is help him gather up cattle. It is called
hearding. She also keeps him company because she goes every where
he does evan to our school! Jesse showed us how to lasso. He lassoed
the fire hydrant. I liked meeting Jesse.
Jesse The Vaquero
Jesse is a cowboy which in Spanish means "vaquero."
Jesse rides horses and ranches. He likes cows and brands the calves
to put a symbol on them that shows the calves belong to his ranch.
He rides around the ranch looking for fences to fix. He uses his
spurs to make the horse move faster. I have learned a lot about
Jesse! Jesse also has a dog named Prima. She helps him a lot and
keeps Jesse company.
Jesse with his dog Prima at the ranch.
Jesse and Prima outside the classroom
Jesse The Vaquero
Jesse is a vaquero. He is a big cowboy. He wears long pants and
over them he wears chaps. He wears a long sleeved shirt and over
his shirt he has a vest. He wears spurs on his boots to kick the
horse to go. He rides horses to see how fast they go and how much
energy they have. They also burn the horses to put a brand on
them so everyone will know who it belongs to.
Who is Jesse Davis? What does he do at the ranch? How long has
his farm been there? Does he have a pet? If he does what is its
name? What is at his ranch?
Jesse Davis is a cowboy who came into our class to tell us all
about what a cowboy does. He said he lives on a ranch that his
family has owned for five generahons. On the ranch there are calves,
horses, and cows. He spends his days looking for broken fences
and fixing them. He also heards the cows and calves. He has a
dog named Prima who goes wherever he goes and helps him with his
jobs. I really enjoyed Jesse coming into our class.