The [Real] dogs of war

Lesson Plan:  Giving Credit to the  [Real] dogs of war

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. sentry  |ˈsentrē| noun (pl. sentries) a soldier stationed to keep guard or to control access to a place.
  2. responsibility  rəˌspänsəˈbilədē| noun (pl. responsibilities)the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone: women bear children and take responsibility for child care.
  3. infantry |ˈinfəntrē| noun-soldiers marching or fighting on foot; foot soldiers collectively.
  4. detecting |dəˈtekt| verb [ with obj. ]discover or identify the presence or existence of: cancer may soon be detected in its earliest stages.
  5. Aggressive  |əˈɡresiv| adjective-ready or likely to attack or confront; characterized by or resulting from aggression: he’s very uncooperative and aggressive | aggressive behavio
  6. nonverbal  |nänˈvərbəl| adjective -not involving or using words or speech: forms of nonverbal communication.
  7. ambush |ˈambo͝oSH| noun-a surprise attack by people lying in wait in a concealed position: seven members of a patrol were killed in an ambush | kidnappers waiting in ambush.
  8. obliterate |əˈblidəˌrāt| verb [ with obj. ] destroy utterly; wipe out: figurative : the memory was so painful that he obliterated it from his mind.
  9. patrol |pəˈtrōl|noun-a person or group of people sent to keep watch over an area, especially a detachment of guards or police: a police patrol stopped the man and searched him.
  10. successful  |səkˈsesfəl| adjective -accomplishing an aim or purpose: a successful attack on the town.

Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins

This scent or sound alert was also true of the sentry dog teams, like Smokey and me. When a dog team arrived at its post — usually just a path around a camp, ammo dump or air field — it performed a “changeover.” The handler changed the dog’s choke-chain collar to his leather “now it’s time to work” collar. The dog understood the difference immediately and went to work.

Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition

There were also mine and booby trap dogs. They protected our soldiers on patrol from the many and diverse devices set to kill and maim. Take the thin, monofilament lines that were practically invisible to the human eye, which the Vietcong attached to a grenade or other explosive device that detonated when ‘tripped.’