Mr. Lacey’s change of heart

By Gavin, Class of 2022

Mr. Lacey’s change of heart went from careless to loving. At first, Mr. Lacey said, “I don’t know where it came from, but I know where it’s going” in regards to the dog. He was referring to taking the mutt to the pound. His mild tone showed that he was not playing around. The next day, the roads were completely white leaving Mr. Lacey no way to take the dog to the pound. He was set on taking the dog to the pound and wanted to get rid of it as fast as possible.

Nine days late, Mr. Lacey went to the pound with the mutt and Doris, his daughter who loved the dog, went to her room and sobbed herself to sleep. When Doris walked in the kitchen Mr. Lacey said, “You’d better feed that mutt before it dies of starvation.” The sympathy for the dog changed his heart because he couldn’t let the dog his daughter loved dies in a kill shelter. This is how Mr. Lacey’s actions display his love for his daughter because he’s going to allow the costly dog to stay to keep his daughter happy.



Teacher’s Note: Previously, scholars read the short story “The Stray” by Cynthia Rylant. After analyzing portions of the, scholars were instructed to compose a PCR which focused on the chance in father.

MD College & Career Readiness Standards: RL.6.3, RL.6.5,


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