Patricia MacLachlan, the Newberry Medal-winning author of Sarah Plain and Tall wrote her newest book, The Poet’s Dog. This is a POIGNANT story about a dog that was once saved from a shelter by a poet named Sylvan. Sylvan taught his dog the gift of words, poetic words. The dog could talk to those who had the gift of writing, the first being Sylvan. Sylvan died, and it was up to the dog to save two children, a brother and sister, from a blizzard when their mother went for help. The two children and the dog spent quality time together, saving each other during the long windy and snowy days. This packet asks students to think as they read, for a deeper understanding of this beautifully written story and the characters within. Students will begin to understand that if they write about something or someone they love, their writing will become more “poignant.” Included in this packet are reading comprehension strategies, writing, similes, and two post-reading activities.