LOVE THAT DOG by Sharon Creech
BACK AND FORTH, TO AND FRO – STUDENT/TEACHER POETICS
Letters. Lessons. Class.
Famous poet visit? Hope.
Journal. Poet boy.
Middle grade (ages 9 and up)
First person POV
Letters to a teacher from a budding poet
Poetic forms and free verse interspersed with journal entries
Styles imitate famous poets including: Robert Frost, Walter Dean Myers, William Blake
Overall story arc and emotional arc
Many references – overt and subtle – to Walter Dean Myers
Requested classroom visit of the famous poet provides plot device and time frame setting
Obvious thirst for knowledge
Satisfaction in final resolution