Love That Dog | Book Companion | Reader Response Pages | Poetry Pages

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This complete and engaging literacy unit for Love That Dog [ 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 a perfect introduction to a unit on poetry. Poetry pages are included in this teaching resource to start this unit. You may also want to read the sequel, Hate That Cat. It's highly recommended! Click the link for reader response pages for Hate That Cat .

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?

  • poetry survey
  • characters' words and actions
  • adjectives to describe the characters
  • learning poetry terms
  • ‘thick and thin’ questions
  • comprehension questions by each section (month by month)
  • problem and solution
  • 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 "Love That Dog" folder
  • thinking about my reading [before, during and after]
  • gaining a deeper meaning of book through writing
  • 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 bring 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

Love That Dog is a perfect book to read before starting a unit of poetry. Jack seems not to like poetry very much at the beginning of the school year; however, he changes his mind and learns that a poem can change your day. 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 Love That Dog is interesting and engaging for both the teacher and the students. Students will come up with 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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