Which Pet is Best?

Lesson Overview

Students will compare and contrast two animals to determine which makes a better pet.

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Tips for using this assignment with your students:

  • Before Writing –  Encourage students to write about pets they are familiar with. You might also give them time to research the pets they’ve chosen - RSPCA, BCSPCA and National Geographic Kids all have articles about caring for pets. Students can use their graphic organizer to brainstorm and record their research. 
  • During Writing - Remind students to refer back to the prompt as they reread their writing to check that they compare and contrast the two pets with the goal of answering the question “Which is the better choice for a person your age to have as a pet?”
  • After Writing - Students can print their zines and take them home to share with their families! If you choose to use this as an objective, you can also remind students that their families will be their audience.

Writing Instruction Routines

For more tips to guide students before, during, and after writing, take a look at the Writing Instruction Routines page.

Common Core Anchor Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.