"Stray," by Cynthia Rylant, is a moving short story about a stray dog and her new friend and protector, Doris. After your students have read this short story, they will enjoy this application activity which gives students the chance to respond to the text and the complex issues it raises. In this activity, students will compose a letter to the manager of the pound Mr. Lacey visits and try to persuade him/her to improve the conditions there. "Stray" is a short story your students won't soon forget, and this activity will help them interact with the text in a meaningful manner.
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