Must Read Mentor Text: Love That Dog - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Must Read Mentor Text: Love That Dog

Happy Sunday!! What did you do with your extra hour this morning? I snuggled on the sofa with my puppies and dozed a little bit more. I was determined to get that "extra hour of sleep" despite the fact my dogs still got up on the old schedule. :-P
I wanted to link up with Collaboration Cuties for a fun mentor text today that I learned about from my BBB, Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper!
Amazon's description is: Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech's Love That Dog, a funny, sweet, original short novel written in free verse, introduces us to an endearingly unassuming, straight-talking boy who discovers the powers and pleasures of poetry. Against his will. After all, "boys don't write poetry. Girls do." He becomes more and more discerning as the days go by, and readers' spirits will rise with Jack's as he begins to find his own voice through his own poetry and through that of others. His favorite poem of all is a short, rhythmic one by Walter Dean Myers called "Love That Boy" (included at the end of the book with all the rest of Ms. Stretchberry's assignments). The words completely captivate him, reminding him of the loving way his dad calls him in the morning and of the way he used to call his yellow dog, Sky. Jack's reverence for the poem ultimately leads to meeting the poet himself, an experience he will never forget.

I must warn you though, there is a moment that made me cry. Jack shares something about the dog he used to have... and why he doesn't have it anymore. :o( You see all of his previous writing tie into that poem, and it makes so much sense, so I think the kids will really "get" it. And I hope they'll see, there are so many TYPES of poetry that can be written!

I want to use this book to introduce poetry to my students. I think before I read it with them, though, I am going to show them some of the poetry the boy discusses in the book. I have found links to the poems that Jack's teacher reads to them that he refers to, if you'd also like to expose your students to these poems, too!

I think the kids would really enjoy seeing the poems that the boy refers to, and probably can connect with, too, like he did! If you haven't read the book, Love That Dog, you must!! It really is a fabulous book. Thank you, Holly, for introducing me to it! :o)

P.S. Come back and link up on Wednesday for Workshop Wednesday to share your ideas for teaching FRACTIONS in Math Workshop! You could talk about manipulatives, books, lesson ideas, activities, games... really anything you do when you teach fractions! :o) See you then!


  1. I love the sound of this book. Thanks for the links to poems in the book - I am going to pin this post for later use! I did not think I would like books written in verse but then I read the books by Ellen Hopkins and loved them!

  2. Aw, this sounds like a great book! I'll defiinitely have to check it out and add it to my poetry selection. Thanks for the crying warning! I'll have to preview it for sure!!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  3. Awe!! Thanks for the shout out! I LOVE this book and my students are loving it too. We read just a bit each day because there are so many mini lessons that can accompany it. I have my students keep a post-it note in the back to mark Mrs. Stretchberry's poems so we can refer to them as they are discussed. My multiple copies of the book have an excerpt for "Hate That Cat" in the back too so it wasn't the easiest task finding the poems. :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  4. I have this book on my shelf, but I haven't taken the time to read it. Sounds like I need to grab it before one of my kiddos discovers it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. My students like "Hate That Cat" too and I also have used "Heartbeat" for literature circles. It's a great way to introduce poetry-I like that idea!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  6. I also use this book for poetry. I am in the process of gathering others for literature circles. Sharon Creech is simply awesome!

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