‘Black Dog’ is a powerful, symbolic story about an obsession to nurture. Christina represents the adult and the dog a child.
Christina is distracted by the dream of finding the blue bird, overlooking the friend she already has. Children will associate with the dog and the feelings of being ignored or overlooked when their parents have other distractions.
The term black dog is used to describe depression. The seasons in this book represent an emotional journey. The blue bird a symbol of happiness, just out of reach, the dog taking extreme measures to please his owner. This unit has not delved into the topic of depression. While I did consider that path, I have kept the unit light. As a teacher, you could take the unit in this direction if it suits your student's needs.
This literacy unit is based on the super six comprehension strategies. Children explore the book at an age appropriate level.
I hope you enjoy working with this unit. I am currently working on a series of 5 Pamela Allen books to use in literacy circles or as a whole class.
Now with NSW English Syllabus Outcomes list.