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Rags: Hero Dog of WWI Book Study

Grades: 3-5


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Note: This is a digital download. No physical copy will be shipped.

Learn about World War I through this sweet picture book about a man and his dog.

Rags: Hero Dog of WWI by Margot Theis Raven is based on a true story. American Private James Donovan was stationed in France during WWI. His life changed when he stumbled on a bundle of rags on the streets of Paris.

To his surprise, the bundle of rags was a little dog! Donovan took the dog back to his military base and adopted him as his own. The little terrier became the division’s mascot as he bravely followed Donovan through battle. There are 20 pages of activities plus an answer key.


  • What I Know About WWI
  • Cover Analysis
  • Pre-Reading Questions
  • Story Summary
  • Comprehension Questions
  • True/False


  • Vocabulary Words
  • Vocabulary Words Quiz
  • Word Map
  • Brave Word Map
  • Hero Word Map


  • Introduction to World War I
  • WWI Timeline
  • Compare and Contrast: Human Messengers vs Animal Messengers
  • France (2 pages)


  • Morse Code Activity
  • Drawing Activities
  • Word Search

NOTE: This pack has been adapted into a similar study for Stubby: The Dog Soldier of World War I Hero. Some activities are similar or identical.

Grades: 3-5