Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
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(8 MB|130 pages)
Product Description
In Los Angeles,
Tony grew up
in a life of horror,
one in which puppies
born helpless, sweet, innocent,
were taught by his mother
to be mean, evil,
bloodthirsty killers.
Tony knew fangs, claws,
fear, and hopelessness.
He witnessed blood,
saw death, and slept
in a filthy wooden
dog crate.
His mother was arrested
for cruelty to animals
and sent to prison.
Would Tony be sent to
a foster home?

A social worker,
caring, persistent,
finally found a relative,
Tony's great uncle,
Tio Leonilo
Tio took Tony
to live
with him and his
search and rescue dog, Gabe,
to another world
in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
where Tony
was surrounded
by towering forests,
that smelled like Christmas,
where he slept in a clean bed
in a small cabin with windows
that framed clear skies
filled with stars
cradled in branches
that tried to block nightmares.
What struggles lay ahead?
What obstacles stood in his way
to feeling safe, trusted,
happy, respected, and loved?
Read and live
Mountain Dog
told in two points of view:

Tony’s boy voice and
Gabe’s dog voice.


Mountain Dog is uniquely exciting, strong in character, touching in a special uncle's touch that helps a boy lost in darkness find the light at the top of a mountain. Throughout, character traits sprout, grow, and blossom to replace the evil in Tony's early life with the beauty and strength of discovering nature, gentleness, faith, compassion, forgiveness, courage, trust, and playfulness in the Sierra Mountains through the love of a father-figure and a special dog.

The blank-verse format offers easy, visually welcoming space, with some challenging vocabulary while amazing full-page pen-and-ink drawings model the visualization contained in beautifully literary descriptions. This beautiful, exciting story inspires students to create poetry suggested in the story.

The 77-page Kids Wings Literature Guide by master teacher Suzy Red comes in both PowerPoint and PDF format. Activities include:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Mountains and Valleys Introductory Passage and Questions
Character Studies
Two-page Readers Theater Introduction
The Big6© Research Song to the tune of "Sixteen Tons"
Research Projects that Extend the Story
Chart the Story's Progress
Figures of Speech! Get the Picture!
Where in the World Had Tío Lived? Map Study
8 Grouped Chapter Vocabulary and Questions in Predict-Read-Confirm Format
6 Multiple Choice Chapter Check-ups
5 Visualizing the Text
3 Poetry Prompts
Metaphorical Fences
My Trail Journal
Crossword Puzzle
Spooky Vocabulary Game
Writing Prompt: A Scary Campfire Tale
Creating Summary Sentences Using the Titles
Character Crossroads
Checkerboard Victories
Answer Pages
Character Traits
Character Quotes to Analyze and Apply
Plus, a BONUS 53-Slide Interactive Jeopardy-type Game in PowerPoint format.

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Total Pages
130 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 months
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