Love That Dog By: Sharon Creech Pages 60-85
Love That Dog: Pages 60-63 April 20th April 24th Has to sort all the mailnot just my letterbut hundreds and hundreds of letters To hundreds of authorsall that big mess of mailpiled upand someone sorting sortingsortingall that mail and then the letters for Mr. Walter Dean Myersgo to him and maybe he’s awaymaybe he’s on vacationmaybe he’s on vacation Did you mail it? Did he answer yet? Months??? It might take months for Mr. Walter Dean Myers to answer my letter? If he answers it? I didn’t know---until you explained—that the letter has to go to Mr. Walter Dean Myers’s publishing companyand then someoneat the publisher company Can you find all the REPEPiTION in Jack’s Letter?
Love That Dog: Pages 60-63 April 24th So if you ask me It could take him yearsto get around to answering That letterso I guesswe’d betterjust forget about itnot count on itget it out of our mindsdo something else Forget it. Maybe he’s sick maybe he’s hiding in a roomwriting poemsmaybe he’s babysittinghis children or his grandchildren(if he’s married and stuff) or maybe he has to go to the dentistor get that car fixedor maybe someone died(I really reallyreally hopesomeone did not die)
Love That Dog: Pages 64-66 April 26th May 2nd May 7th Yes you can type up the thing abouttrying not to think aboutsomethingbutyou’d betterleave my name off it. Because it was just wordscoming out of my head And I wasn’t paying attentionto which words came out! Sometimeswhen you are trying not to think about somethingit keeps popping back into your headand you can’t help ityou think about it And think about itand think about ituntil your brainfeels like squashed pea. Maybe you could show me how to usethe computer And then I could type up my own words? What does Jack keep thinking about?
Love That Dog: Page 67 May 8th I didn’t know about the spell checking thinginside the computer. It’s like a miracle little brainin there A little helper brain. But I am slow typer person. Did you say there is a teaching typing thingin that computer, too?Will it help me typebetter and faster Taptaptaptaptap So my fingers can go as fastas my brain? 1. List all of the literary devices in Jack’s entry. 2. How are adding these elements to Jack’s poems helping him become a better poet?
Love That Dog: Pages 68-72 May 14th(I typed this up myself) And he was all over the place smiling and waging and slobberingand making us laughand my dadcame walking up the streethe was way down therenear the endI could see him after he got off the busand he was walk-walk-walkingand I saw him wave and he called out“Hey, there, son!” MY SKY We were outside in the streetme and some other kids Kicking the ballbefore dinnerand Sky was chasing chasingchasingwith his feet going every which way and his tailwag-wag-waggingand his mouth slob-slob-slobbering
Love That Dog: Pages 68-72 May 14th(I typed this up myself) And I saw Skygoing after the ball Wag-wag-wagging His tailand I called him “Sky! Sky!” and he turned his head but it was too latebecause the blue car blue car splattered with mud hit Sky And so I didn’t seethe car coming from the other wayuntil someone else—one of the big kids—called out “Car!” and I turned around and saw a blue car blue carsplattered with mud speeding down the road
Love That Dog: Pages 68-72 May 14th(I typed this up myself) “Sky! Sky! Sky!”and then my dad Was there He lifted Sky out of the road and laid him on the grassand Sky closed his eyesand he never opened themagain ever. Thud thudthud And kept on goingin such a hurry so fastso many miles to go it couldn’t even stopand SKYwas just there in the roadlying on his sidewith his legs bent funnyand his side heavingand he looked up at meand I said
Love That Dog: Pages 73-74 May 17th May 15th Okay. I guess. I’ll put my name on it. But I hope it doesn’t makepeople feel too sadand if it doesmaybe you could think of something to cheer everybody uplike maybe with some of those browniesyou make the chocolate onesthat are so good? I don’t know. If you put it on the board and people read it. It might make them sad. What was the mood in beginning of Jack’s Poem Sky? At the end?
Love That Dog: Miss Stretchberry’sPoint of View Please write a letter to Jack as if YOU were Miss. Stretchberry! What would she (you) say to Jack after reading his poem Sky? What words on encouragement did she say to make him want to put his name on his poem? You may write this letter on page 11 of your response book. This letter must follow the “Friendly Letter” Format.
Love That Dog: Pages 75-76 May 21st WOW! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow!That was the best bestBEST news everI can’t believe it. Mr. Walter Dean Myersis really reallyreallycoming to our school? He was coming to our cityanywayto see his old buddy? And he would be honoredto visit our clean schooland meet the mostly nice kidswho like his poems?We sure are luckythat his old buddylives in our town. WOW!!!
Love That Dog: Pages 77-79 May 28th May 29th Waiting for Mr. Walter Dean Myershimselfto come to our schoolright into our classroom.WOW! The bulletin board look like it’s blooming wordswith everybody’s poemsup there on all thosecolored sheets of paperyellow blue pink red green. And the bookcaselook like it’s sprouting booksall of them by Mr. Walter Dean Myers lines up looking back at us I can’t wait. I can’t sleep. Are you sureyou hid my poemthat was inspiredby Mr. Walter Dean Myers?I don’t want to doany any anythingto upset him!
Love That Dog: Pages 80-81 June 1st All of my blood in my veinswas bubblingand all of the thoughts in my headwere buzzing and I wanted to keep Mr. Walter Dean Myersat our school forever. Mr. Walter Dean Myers Day I NEVERin my whole lifeEVER Heard anybody who could talklike thatMr. Walter Dean Myers What does Jack mean “heard anybody who could talk”?
Love That Dog: Pages 82-85 June 6th Becauseyou were smile-smile-smilingall over the place. And when you read your poems you had the best bestbest voicelow and deep and friendly and warmlike it was reaching out and wrapping us all upin a big squeezeand when you laughed you had the best bestBESTlaugh I’ve ever head in my lifelike it was coming from way down deep Dear Mr. Walter Dean Myers, Thank you a hundred million timesfor leaving your workand your familyand your things-people-have to doto come and visit usin our schoolin our class. We hope you liked your visit. We think maybe you did
Love That Dog: Pages 82-85 June 6th Inspired by Walter Dean Myers. And it was nice of you to read all of our poems On the bulletin board And I hope it didn’t make you too sad When you read the one About my dog SkyGetting smooshed in the road. And I think you likedthe brownies, too, right? And bubbling up and rolling and tumbling Out into the air. We hope we didn’t ask youtoo many questionsbut we thank youfor answering every which oneand especially for sayingthat you would be flattered If someone usedsome of your words and Especially if they added a note that they were
Love That Dog: Pages 82-85 June 6th Thank you for coming to see usMr. Walter Dean Myers. Inside this envelope is a poemusing some of your words. I wrote it. It was inspired by you Mr. Walter Dean Myers. From your number one fan, Jack
Love That Dog: Mr. Walter Dean Myers Point of View Please write a letter to Jack as if YOU were Mr. Walter Dean Myers! What would Walter Dean Myers (you) say to Jack after reading his letter and his poem? What words of encouragement or advice would you give to Jack. You may write this letter on page 12 of your response book. This needs to be at least 3 paragraphs long. This must also include the “Friendly Letter” format!