Love that Dog Novel Study for Special Education with comprehension questions

Total Pages: 144
File Size: 3 MB



Love that Dog by Sharon Creech is the focus of this novel unit for students with autism and special learning needs. It is a great way to introduce poetry to your students!! Have you ever wanted to read a novel to your special education students but thought, there is no way they will sit and listen? Persevere, it is worth it!! This 164 page unit on the novel Love that Dog is designed for students who have significant disabilities and special learning needs. I was always reading a novel to my students, regardless of their learning level. The lesson of learning to sit while someone is talking is an invaluable skill that is worthwhile teaching.


This unit has various activities to accompany Creech’s book, Love that Dog. The materials were designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through listening to this novel. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on the endearing story of a boy who comes to grip with the loss of his beloved dog through poetry. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of the activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation. There is an activity (29 different activities!!) to go with each monthly section in the book as your students stay engaged while you read this novel aloud.

****This unit now has comprehension questions. There are 5 questions, each with 3 picture answers to choose from, for each 10 page section. There is an answer key provided.

See preview for the table of contents and a detailed look at what is included.


Love that Dog Unit Includes:

  • 2 separate and complete files (color and BW)
  • 73 pages of activities to accompany Love that Dog
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 29 activities (one to go with every month in the book)
  • 5 comprehension questions for each 10 page section
  • Answer key


There are so many benefits to reading out loud to your students. You will teach them an invaluable skill of learning to sit still while someone else is talking. Your parents will also LOVE you for not only teaching them this skill of sitting but also for exposing them to age appropriate material. Plus, you never know which students you will touch with each story you read.

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★★★ If you like using novels in your classroom, check out my many other novel studies.

I also have a blog post on reading novels to a low incidence class that includes some FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class