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A Dog on His Own
by Mary Jane Auch
Kids' Wings Award for Outstanding Literature

"'My heart is pounding fast. You never know what to expect at a shelter or pound."
K-10 in A Dog on His Own

If a dog could talk, how would he describe his life on the run? Would he rather be in a shelter or on his own? What dangers lie in wait for him? What clever moves does he have to make? What alliances must he form to stay alive?

A Dog On His Own is a bitter sweet story of a homeless dog and his travels to try to find a place where he can belong.

Written, for the most part, in dialog with spare narration, the story can easily be read in small groups as a readers' theater script.

Research Links
for A Dog On His Own

Author Mary Jane Auch

Common Questions about Animal Shelters
How many pets are euthanized each year?
Why don't people spay or neuter their pets?

Dogs in the Workplace
Assistance Dogs
How Guide Dogs Work
Herding Dogs

Dog Rules

A Dog On His Own by MJ Auch
You can purchase the 27-page unit for A Dog on His Own by Mary Jane Auch NOW for immediate download for only $10.95! Click Here! .

A 27-page unit, perfect for lesson planning and handouts or projection on your SmartBoard for A Dog On His Own is now available!

The Unit Contains:
Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Readers’ Theater Introduction
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools, Dialectical Journals
Making Connections: Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Visualizing the Chapters
Cause and Effect
2 Crossword Puzzles
Animal Shelter Research Report
There's more to the story game
Sentences Looking Good
Action Cards
Recalling Action Descriptions
Shelter Graph/Math Activity
Canine Fun Page
Be an Illustrator
Compare K-10 to YOU
Shelter Pets, ALogic Puzzle
Discussion and Writing Prompts
Answer Page

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Love That Dog by Sharon Creech--A story in blank verse poetry about a boy who loved a dog and learned to write about it----Website--Unit in Defeating Giants

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Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs by Cat Urbigkit--Easy nonfiction about dogs that guard sheep with beautiful photographs. Unit in Reading Seeds.

The Winner's Walk by Nancy Ruth Patterson, the story of a lost service dog with Kids' Wings' Unit in Transformers


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Special Thanks to Mickey Gentle for allowing us to use his origional performance of "Walkin' in the Park" for our background music

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