Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Dogs on Duty

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Dogs on Duty:  Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond.  Written and Illustrated by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent.  Published by Walker Children, c. 2012. 
Reading Level:  1190
Synopsis:  This picture book is full of real life pictures of military dogs that serve in the U.S. military.  It gives information about the special characteristics of these dogs and what they have done for our country in the different wars that we have faced.
Rationale for use in the classroom:  This is a good book to use to teach the characteristics and organization of informative texts.  It works well in my school system since we serve the dependents of military service members. 
Common Core connection:  Students will analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.  Students will also determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
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