60 pages 2 hours read

Sharon Creech

Love That Dog

Fiction | Novel/Book in Verse | Middle Grade | Published in 2001

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Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer Questions on key points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.

PAGES 1-21

Reading Check

1. If anything can be a poem, what is the only thing the writer must do?

2. What is Jack’s frustration in his October 10 entry?

3. How does Jack change his original poem after listening to the tiger poem?

4. What is the one thing that Miss Stretchberry cannot do if she puts Jack’s poems on the board?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. What is Jack’s first poem? How does he feel about it?

2. Compare and contrast how Jack feels about the “wheelbarrow” poem, the “snowy woods” poem, and the “tiger burning bright” poem. Do any of these pieces inspire him?

3. Which subject does Jack not want to write about? How does he express his emotions on the subject?

4. How does Jack’s teacher respond to his entry about the small dog poem? What is Jack’s reaction to her?

Paired Resources

The Red Wheelbarrow

  • Poetry Foundation shares William Carlos Williams’s 1938 poem.
  • This connects with the themes What Makes a Poem, Voices Have Power, and The Purpose of Poetry.

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