Hate That Cat | Book Companion | Reader Response Pages | Sharon Creech

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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This complete and engaging literacy unit for Hate That Cat [ by Sharon Creech] will save YOU time and engage your students in a meaningful reading experience. Reading responses, graphic organizers, comprehension questions, poetry terms, writing about reading, character traits, pre-reading pages and questions, end of book "thinking questions". This book is the sequel to Love That Dog and is a perfect continuation of a poetry unit. Poetry pages are included in this teaching resource. You can also get the book companion for Love That Dog by clicking the link.

These writing prompts and graphic organizers

  • will enable young readers to make connections to their reading
  • will support reading strategies taught
  • will improve reading comprehension
  • will engage students in literature in a meaningful way
  • will introduce the genre of poetry and create opportunities to write poems

What focus skills are included in this teaching resource?

  • survey about cats
  • characters' words and actions
  • adjectives to describe the characters
  • more poetry terms
  • ‘thick and thin’ questions
  • comprehension questions by each section (month by month)
  • problem and solution
  • making connections
  • making inferences
  • opinion writing
  • important story events
  • writing poetry
  • writing shape poems
  • step away from the text
  • pages to share with a reading partner
  • summarize the story page
  • ‘make a cover’ for your "Hate That Cat" folder
  • similarities in the 2 books, Love That Dog and Hate That Cat
  • thinking about my reading [before, during and after]
  • gaining a deeper meaning of book through writing
  • inspirations from the reading - word journal, poem review
  • learning life lessons in literature

Why do teachers think reader responses are a good idea?

  • keeping a reading journal or writing folder about my reading teaches meaning
  • independent reading and writing about books leads to reading with conviction
  • small reading group assignments brings about meaningful conversations
  • whole class read aloud and responding to literature leads to lifelong reading
  • every page can be a springboard for meaningful class discussions
  • builds a community of readers and writers
  • sharing pages in literature circles show high interest and understanding
  • book talks are contagious
  • homework pages are enjoyable

Hate that Cat is the perfect book to read after reading Love That Dog. Jack seems not to like cats so much at the beginning of the school year; however, he changes his mind and learns that a cat has some very nice qualities too. Creech's books have many layers and readers will find out what really motivates Jack, or any other poet, to write good poems. These reader response pages are suitable if you decide to do a whole class read aloud, a small reading group setting or if you assign the book for independent reading.

Using the reader response approach for Hate That Cat is interesting and engaging for both the teacher and the students. Students will demonstrate ideas and interpretations that the teacher has never thought of. Students are part of an active process of making meaning when reading literature. Reading, writing, speaking and listening become integrated and students have the opportunity for higher thinking skills of interpreting, synthesizing and evaluating when reading.

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