This is a 6 page resource for teaching the short story "Beware of the Dog" by Roald Dahl, 1946. This story is included in the Holt Reader Elements of Literature for Grade 9 in Collection 9. This product is in .docx format. Notes for the teacher are included in the preview file.
Page 1 - Pre-Reading research questions
Pages 2-4: Double Entry Journal
Page 5 - Post-Reading reflection questions
Page 6 - Answer key for pre-reading and post-reading questions
**Pre-reading questions will require that students do a small amount of research for the purpose of understanding context for the short story. This is aligned to the historical theme of Collection 9. A class could potentially complete this in the computer lab together or as a research homework assignment. Alternatively, the teacher could print out select pages of research text and have the students use those if computer access is not possible.
**The Double Entry Journal should be used by students during reading. They should record key quotations and their own thoughts or commentary about the quotations. You may need to teach a mini-lesson on how to select a quotation and write commentary. The first entry on Page 2 and the first entry on Page 3 are completed as examples. It is not necessary to quote entire sentences or paragraphs; in fact, sometimes just a fragment of dense text is best. If pages 2 and/or 3 are used in class, plan to give page 4 as independent assignment to assess how students do on their own. If you assign an essay on this story, then this journal can assist students in selecting quotations and developing their commentary.
**For a more advanced class, you can delete some of the cues within the DOJ so that this is a less guided assignment. The worksheets are prepared as a word document so that you are able to edit them to suit the needs of your class.
**Post-reading questions are meant to guide the students in critical thinking about the text. It could be given as a quiz, used as a discussion guide, or assigned as a partner activity.