I love "Love That Dog"!!! It is a great book, written by Sharon Creech, that is creatively set up in a narrative poetry journal format. (it sounds crazy) It is a story about a boy who reluctantly learns to love poetry and expresses his love for his dog. As the story, unfolds the teacher introduces her class to several authentic authors, types of poems and poetry terms. The story will also bring a few students to tears. Sharon also published "Hate That Cat."
A sample of a poem in the book. My children loved creating shape poems.
I bought a unit on TPT that I highly recommend. It has great response questions and is easy to implement with the whold class or guided reading groups. The students also write a few poems of their own. I will be publishing those next week. (Pictures to follow)