This is a novel study to accompany the The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin. The packet is divided into sections. Each section contains a vocabulary list, figurative language, higher order thinking questions, and a thought provoking activity. The activities include characterization, connections, and writing activities. This novel study matches many of the common core language arts objectives. It is ready to print and easy for teachers to use. I have enjoyed using it in the past and hope you find it helpful.