Use these three graphic organizers with the novel No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. They will help the students to better understand the novel. The first involves Wallace Wallace's honesty, the second one is about editing in the play--Old Shep, and the third one is about irony in the novel.
Ironically Wallace Wallace is too honest. Unlike his father who “wouldn’t recognize [the truth] if it danced up and bit him on the nose,” Wallace Wallace cannot tell a lie (2). As you are reading, find examples of Wally’s honesty that get him in trouble. Hint: One example is the reason why he is in detention.
Wally Wallace’s time in detention provides him with an avenue for editing the school play. Wally says, “I’d listen to Zack Paris’s stupid dialogue, and just say the same thing the way normal people talk”(Korman 52). Identify examples where Wally improves upon the dialogue in the play.
Irony is a contrast between what is expected and what actually exists or happens. More specifically, situational irony occurs when a character or the reader—expects one thing to happen but something entirely different takes place. Hint: The ending or finale of the play is an example of irony.