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lesson 4
1 hour

Reading, Writing, and Emotion: Love That Dog, Pages 68–72


In this lesson, students read the poem “My Sky” in the book Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. This poem is likely to affect some students emotionally, because it details the death of Jack’s dog. This lesson is designed to help students cope with the strong emotions that reading and writing can illicit. For this reason, the routines of the previous lessons where students read, summarized, and analyzed do not carry over into this lesson. These routines will pick up again in Lesson 5 as students prepare for a literary discussion of the text.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 4 ELA Module 1B, Unit 2, Lesson 4. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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