Monday, May 20, 2019

The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan

The Poet's Dog
Patricia MacLachlan

About Book

Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard. Although Teddy understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children.

Then one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds children trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them home—and without fear they understand him. They follow him to a cabin in the woods, where the dog used to live with Sylvan . . . only now his owner is gone.


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Free The Poet's Dog Worksheets and Literature for Teacher from edhelper

Discussion topics for before reading: 
• Do you know any poets? (Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein)
• Do you have a dog?
• Do you have a favorite poem?

• Kindling - dry twigs, pieces of paper, etc., that burn easily and are used to start a fire
• Molasses - a thick, brown, sweet liquid that is made from raw sugar
• Shallow - superficial
• Derivative - made up of parts from something else, not new or original
• Disposition - the usual attitude or mood of a person or animal
• Poignant - causing a strong feeling of sadness

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
• Do you think dogs know or understand words?
• Have you ever seen snow? Where?
• What is Teddy's favorite poem?
• Where do you think Sylvan went?

Craft ideas:
• Write a short poem about your dog or favorite animal and draw a picture illustrating it.
• Make a dog puppet. 

Special activities:
• Find and read poems by a couple of the poets mention in the book. (Yeats, Shakespeare, etc.)
• Look up a picture of an Irish wolfhound and show to the kids. (The type of dog Teddy is)

Vocabulary Activity

Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.
1. Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.
2. Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.
3. What is the definition of the word?
4. Can you use it in your own sentence?
5. Explain how the word connects to the story.
Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the
other MCBA books you read.