Realistic (fiction), Trade Book, Lexile 890
Eleven-year-old Marty Preston lives with his parents and two little sisters in the hills of rural West Virginia. Marty loves animals. When a shy beagle follows him home, Marty falls in love with the dog and names it Shiloh. His family, though, cannot afford a pet, and Shiloh already has an owner, Judd Travers. Marty thinks Judd abuses his dogs, so when Shiloh runs away from Judd again, Marty hides Shiloh in a secret pen. Marty struggles with the moral dilemma of lying to his family and stealing to keep Shiloh safe from Judd's abuse, but he is determined to devise a way to make Shiloh his dog.
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By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Trade Book Lesson
Use the reading strategy of making, revising, and confirming predictions before and during reading
Identify problems and solutions
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize and use possessive nouns
Identify and understand similes
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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