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The Art of Racing in the Rain Discussion Questions

Instructor: Anthony Cognata

Anthony has taught multiple grade levels in middle school, coached across contents, and has a master's degree in Educational Leadership.

Use the following discussion questions to guide students through reading and discussing Garth Stein's ''The Art of Racing in the Rain''. These questions can be used as you go through the novel or can foster an overarching discussion after reading.

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Dog's Human Story

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is a deeply moving book that examines what it means to be human--from the point of view of a dog. The book lets us see the world through the eyes of Enzo, a dog that believes he has a human soul and that, if he's good, he will be reincarnated as a human. It follows Enzo and his relationship with his owner, Denny, through many highs and many lows. The story carries many messages for students, and the creativity of the narration (from the point of view of a dog) helps students understand different storytelling techniques and the effect that perspective can have on a story.

Use these discussion questions to test student comprehension and challenge their critical-thinking abilities. The novel and discussion questions are suited to upper middle schoolers but can be adapted for high school.

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