Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1 Abstract
* A dog without a collar or tags begs for food and forages for scraps in alleyways.
* A cook throws boiling water on the dog, singeing off his body hair. The dog is cold, in pain, and hungry.
* The dog observes a ninth-grade typist whose lover takes advantage of her.
* The dog judges people by...
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