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A Dog's Life Study and Project Guide

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Study Guide-A Dog’s Life : Part I

 

 

Complete the following activities and questions in your LA journal.

 

 

1.     1. Write a journal response at the end of each chapter. Include what you did or did not like about the story, how it made you feel, and what it made you think of while reading it.

 

 

2.    2.  In the opening chapter, Squirrel mentions many kinds of conditions experienced by the dogs she has known. Then she reflects that "I've known all these dogs, and I've been all these dogs." What does she mean by this statement?

 

 

3.     3. Why did Mother watch Mine so closely? Why do you think Mine was careless around humans? Have you ever seen a wild animal behave in an unusual manner? Describe your observations and share why you think the animal behaved in this way.

 

 

4.     4. Why didn't Squirrel and Bone search for Mother when she failed to return to the shed? If you were in their position, what would you do? What do you think happened to Mother?

 

 

Study Guide-A Dog’s Life : Part II

 

 

Complete the following activities and questions in your LA journal.

 

 

 

 

1.     Write a journal response at the end of each chapter. Include what you did or did not like about the story, how it made you feel, and what it made you think of while reading it.

 

 

2.    In what ways did Squirrel communicate with Bone? With Moon? What are some ways that you and your pet (or pet owners) communicate with each other?

 

 

3.    If you adopted a stray dog, what are some things you would do to care for and make it feel safe?

 

 

4.    During her lifetime, Squirrel spent time traveling with a companion (Bone, and then Moon) and later alone. If you were a stray dog, would you prefer to have company or to be on your own? Why?

 

 

Study Guide-A Dog’s Life : Part III

 

 

Complete the following activities and questions in your LA journal.

 

 

1.     Write a journal response at the end of each chapter. Include what you did or did not like about the story, how it made you feel, and what it made you think of while reading it.

 

 

2.     Was it right for Marcy and George to take Squirrel and Bone home with them? Why or why not? Did the Beckers do the right thing when they adopted Squirrel as their summer dog?

 

 

3.     Do you think Squirrel could tell the difference between gentle and harmful humans before they even touched her? What kind of behaviors would suggest to her whether a human might be kind or cruel?

 

 

4.     How did Squirrel show loyalty to Bone? To Moon? To the Beckers? If you have a pet, how does it show loyalty to you? How do you show loyalty to the pets and people you care about?

 

 

 

 

Study Guide-A Dog’s Life : Part IV

 

 

Complete the following activities and questions in your LA journal.

 

 

1.     Write a journal response at the end of each chapter. Include what you did or did not like about the story, how it made you feel, and what it made you think of while reading it.

 

 

2.     Based on their interactions with Squirrel, Dr. Roth, Rachel, the Beckers, and Susan found that the stray dog had a quiet, gentle nature. If you were Squirrel, do you think you would be a gentle dog? Why or why not?

 

 

3.     In the last chapter, Squirrel states, "I didn't think I needed a human any more than Susan thought she needed a dog." In what ways do the "two old ladies" need each other?

 

 

4.     How might Squirrel's life been different if Mother had not disappeared? If she had not been separated from Bone? If Moon had survived? If you could rewrite the story, which of these events would you change, how would you change them, and why?

 

 

 

 

Projects: A Dog’s Life

 

 

A. Story Map: This project is artistic. List the major events in the story in sequential order. Use a story sequence chain to help you. The major events need to be accompanied with a relevant illustration.

 

 

B. See What I Read: This report is a visual (three dimensional) one. A model of a scene from the story can be created or a likeness of one or more of the characters can be drawn or sculpted.

 

 

C. Come to Life: Write a story about a pet's life from the animal's point of view. Use a story map to guide your thinking.

 

 

D. Writing a Letter to the Author: Write a letter to Ann M. Martin. Tell her what you liked about the story and ask questions you have about the writing of the book. You may want to give her some suggestions for a sequel.

 

 

E. Literary Interview: This report is done with a partner. One student pretends to be a character in the story. The other student plays the role of a television or radio interviewer, providing the audience with the insights into a character’s personality and life. It is the responsibility of the partners to create meaningful questions and appropriate responses.

 

 

F. What else?: This report is the one of further choice. It gives you the opportunity to choose your own project. Present your idea to Mr. Guarnieri before beginning your work.

 

 

Assessment

 

 

Each project will require a way to evaluate it. Please complete an assessment rubric for how you are to be assessed for your work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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