Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

The story of "Where the Red Fern Grows" is about hard work, love, lose, and hunting dogs. A young boy named Billy Coleman is determined to get himself a set of real hunting dogs no matter what it takes. He spends months and months working and saving every single penny he earns to finally buy the dogs he has wanted for so long. Follow Billy along as he raises and trains his lovable pups into the best set of hunting dogs on his side of the Ozark Mountains. This is a tale that brings tears to every reader's eyes no matter how many times they have read this classic book!  After reading this story in elementary school, I instantly fell in love with it and knew that I wanted to share it with my own students one day. I think having students do a study on the text using the five major questions (Who, What, When, Where, and Why?) would allow them to delve deeper into the story and bring meaning to it in a way that is important to them. This would most appropriately fit into a fifth grade classroom and the study could be done as a whole group activity, but I believe it would be more beneficial to have students work on this individually or within a small group setting. By having students complete this study, they will get to write about characters, events, and/or meanings within the text that stood out to them personally.