Thursday, January 28, 2010

Love That Dog & Hate That Cat

My students love Sharon Creech and eat her books up like peas and rice. Love That Dog and Hate That Cat are wonderful books to recommend to reluctant readers. The books are a series of letters that Jack, a young boy who hates poetry and misses his deceased dog, Sky, writes to Miss Stretchberry, his teacher.

The books are quick reads, even slow readers can zip through one in a day and then return the next day for a new one. My seventh grade students make a link in a construction paper chain every time they finish reading a book. When one of the slower readers can make two links in one week, they are ecstatic.

Sharon Creech introduces poetry from William Blake, Robert Frost, and her beloved Walter Dean Myers in an accessible way and shares copies of all the poems referenced at the back of the books. Although the books are far below their reading level, I will share pages of them when teaching poetic elements to my ninth graders next year. I have a feeling they will sneak to finish these books like I recently caught a ninth grade boy doing with Amelia Bedelia.

1 comment:

  1. I think I have Love that Dog on my TBR shelf, though I haven't cracked it open. Sounds like a lot of fun, though.

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