“Dear Mrs. Larue”
1. Respond to open-ended questions about the story with complete sentences.
2. Relates setting to the structure of the story.
1. Read the title and make predictions about what might happen in the book. Who do
we think the main character is and what do we already know about dogs.
2. Review fiction vs non-fiction and discuss what type of book this is. “Why do we
think it is fiction?” “On the cover, the dog is writing a letter, is this something a dog
can do? In this book, the author has some “real life” activities and animals doing
things they cannot do in real life. “Listen for these different activities.”
During Reading Activities:
p.4 The signpost behind Ike is pointing the way to a pool and there is another sign that
says, “Welcome Dogs!” What does that tell us?
p.7 Remember that Mrs. LaRue was angry at Ike for eating the chicken pie. How is Ike’s
story different from Mrs. LaRues? What does Ike’s version of the story tell us about
p.8 What does this letter tell us about Ike?
p.10 What happens at Obedience School that Ike does not like? How does Ike want Mrs.
La Rue feel about this?
p.13 How is Ike dealing with Obedience School? So where are we? Let’s think about
the story from the beginning and where we are now.
p.14 How is this complaint like Ike’s other letter?
p.20 Oh dear, what is happening?
p.22 What does this tell us about how Mrs. LaRue feels about Ike?
p.24 Is Ike’s plan to run away working well?
p.31 How is this different from what happened at the beginning of the book?
p.32 Who learned more in this story, Ike or Mrs. LaRue?
1. obedience- is when a person or animal does what they are told to do.
2. misconception- an incorrect idea or concept
3. despair- feeling very, very sad
4. melodramatic-treat a situation as more serious that it is
5. persistent- keep on doing something no matter what happens
Review each vocabulary word and where is occurs in the story. Talk about the definition
and different situations that each word could occur. Check for comprehension by using
examples and non-examples for each word.
Word Example Non-example
Obedience Helping mom do dishes A cat sleeping in the sun
Misconception You can safely pet all A nickel is worth 5 pennies
Despair Your team loses every game Going to the library
Melodramatic A girl crying because A girl fnding the book she
someone looked at her wants
Persistent A boy who practices piano Mom cooking dinner
Create a word map for any words that the students have difficulty understanding. Also,
use a vocabulary cube and review the words. Give a quick vocabulary quiz, matching
words and definitions to check understanding.
After Reading Activities:
1. Story Map: Students will identify the Characters, Setting, Problem and Solutions.
There were several problems and solutions, discuss each one and the sequence
2. Write a letter about a problem that the class chooses. Talk about the structure of a
letter and what elements to include. Try to incorporate vocabulary from the story.