Theme is the heart of a story. It is what the story reveals about our lives. Theme is different from plot. Plot is what happens in a story. Theme is what the story means.
Read Stray, by Cynthia Rylant
Answer the making meaning questions found on page 256
1. What are your feelings about Mr. Lacey’s decision at the end of the story? I feel that Mr. Lacey is actually a softy at heart. He is just like my father in that when it comes down to it he really does feel for animals and would not want them to be in any pain.
2. Why is the setting – a cold, snowy January – an important part of the story? The reason why the setting is important is becuase the puppy would not survive out in the cold without help. The snowy weather delays the trip to the pound allowing Doris and her parents to become attached to the stray dog.
3. After Doris cries, her mother tells her “to act more grown up.” DO you think that is good advice? Why or why not? I think that it is not good advice because I always grew up knowing that crying is an indication that something is wrong and that the problem needs to be addressed. I also think that crying is a way to release your feelings.
4. What do you think the story’s theme has to say about love and caring? Sometimes people express their love more by what they do than by what they say.
1. What is the setting of the story?
2. Why is Doris at home during a school day?
3. Where does Doris see the puppy?
4. Where does the puppy stay in the house?
5. Where does the dad take the puppy at the end of the story?