About the Course

Young Readers Series: Good Dogs

  • Grades 2-3
  • CTY-Level
  • Session-Based

What can make a dog a most trusted friend? How do dogs build unbreakable bonds with their owner? What circumstances test these bonds? In this course you will read four unforgettable novels all depicting the unique characteristics of dogs and those who care for and learn from them. Whether you know a family who is changed forever by a puppy or a dog that has saved a human life through their honed instincts, you will be gripped by emotion through these stories. This course also includes an in-depth exploration of canine intelligence through short videos about scientific investigations and the resulting research conclusions. While reading these captivating novels you’ll complete assignments in which you investigate the text and draw inferences, summarize, and compare. You will take time to ponder and analyze the books while being curious, aware, and reflective about these amazing animal companions.

Time Commitment: 4-6 hours per week (4-6 hours independent work).

Important Dates
Registration for Winter Session Closes


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10 weeks


12 weeks
12 weeks

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level CTY-Level or CTY-Level
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Course Prerequisites

Young Readers Series: Good Dogs requires:

1 prerequisite

Proficiency in reading and writing in English.

Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)

Financial Aid is available

We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.

Book Title: Marley: A Dog Like No Other
Author: John Grogan
ISBN: 978-0061240355

Book Title: Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers
Author: Gary Paulsen
ISBN: 978-0152061036

Book Title: Legend of the Ghost Dog
Author: Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
ISBN: 978-0545391283

Book Title: The Good Dog
Author: Avi
ISBN: 0689838247

Technical Requirements

This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.

Terms & Conditions

Students may interact in online classrooms and meetings that include peers, instructors, and occasional special guests.

After a you complete a course, your projects may be used to illustrate work for future students. 

About Language Arts at CTY

Enhance your skills in creative writing and critical reading, learn to craft effective sentences, and develop an analytical approach to reading and writing through our Language Arts courses. Guided by our expert instructors, you can further develop your communication skills in our interdisciplinary visual fluency courses, and explore topics in communication theory, design theory, and cognitive psychology. Through coursework and online discussions with classmates from around the world, you’ll elevate your writing structure and style, hone your craft, and become an adept wordsmith fluent in the language of literary arts. 

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