This unit is based on the book The Christmas Puppy by Roberta Grobel Intrater and Bruce McNally (ISBN - 0439082853). It tells the story of a stray dog who finds a home with a loving family. When she runs away and is "adopted" by a homeless
man, the question of who she will stay with becomes the story's main problem.
This unit begins with a prediction page. The next three pages provide comprehension questions that ask the reader to recall details and explain how they might solve the character's problem. A worksheet requiring students to place the story's main events in the correct order follows. The final page asks the reader to describe the story's plot in a story map. All of these pages could lend themselves to active discussions and assessment opportunities. A complete answer key is included.