|Leanin' Dog unit|
I'm excited to start a new novel unit with my class next week. Since I'm teaching level 1 in our differentiated model, I'm a little nervous about using this novel, The Leanin' Dog. I've used it every year and loved it. The text is rich and complex, with a lot of figurative language, deep themes and antiquated vocabulary. I know it will be quite a challenge for my students, but it will be a good experience for them to persist through it. I will definitely need to scaffold the instruction. I added my unit to my TpT store for purchase. I spent quite a bit of time revamping this unit to align with the CCSS. If you purchase and use this unit, be sure to visit the author's website. She features a monthly poetry contest. She seems to publish all poems that are sent in, and sends a Leanin' Dog Tshirt to the winner. This is a great motivator for students. Another great thing is that the author actually emailed me! (so exciting -she's FAMOUS!!) I had a student enter the contest and didn't include her name. I couldn't believe K.A. Nuzum actually took the time to email me to see if she was one of my students. Love that!