Novel Ideas: Three Great Dog Stories

Novel Ideas: Three Great Dog Stories
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Sounder Synopsis: Sounder is a story about a poor rural African-American family in 19th Century America. The father is a sharecropper who is having a very hard time keeping enough food on the table. Every night he hunts with his dog, Sounder. Every night he returns with nothing for his family to eat. Then, one morning, the family wakes up to a breakfast feast of ham and sausages. This feast would lead to terrible changes in the family's lives. Read about life in the Deep South in the late 1800's and learn about the struggles of a newly found freedom.

Shiloh Synopsis: Marty is on a walk along the river and comes across a young beagle. The beagle is obviously mistreated and hungry. He allows the beagle to follow him home. Marty and Shiloh become close right from the beginning. Even though Shiloh is not his dog, Marty lies to his parents and hides him from everyone. Marty swears the last thing he will do is return Shiloh to his rightful owner, Judd Travers. The longer Marty keeps Shiloh, the more the lies build on one another. Eventually, the lies will catch up to him and they do. Find out what happens when lying, even for good reasons, catches up to you.

Because of Winn-Dixie Synopsis: India Opal was new to town. She had no friends yet and was very lonely. That all changed when she went to the Winn-Dixie grocery store for her father and came home with a stray dog. She names the dog Winn-Dixie and he quickly wins over everyone he comes into contact with. India meets several people in Naomi, Florida who are just like her. They need a friend. Through Winn-Dixie, India is able to meet and open up to people. Winn-Dixie brings people together who might otherwise have never met. Adults and children can learn a lot about themselves and friendship "Because of Winn-Dixie".

This print and use workbook is a child-directed literature study that requires no teacher or parental prep time.

The format is an exciting new approach to studying literature. Each page engages the student in many interesting activities. Children will explore new vocabulary in its context and answer questions that involve them in the story. Learners reflect on their own experiences to better understand those of the characters. This process ensures full comprehension of the novel. Additional activities involve illustrating, sequencing, analyzing characters, and point of view.

The literature study concludes with an organized and detailed book summary. A simple rubric is included for grading the book summary.

Get involved with the story and become a better reader.

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