Persuasive Writing: Chocolate or vanilla? Hot dog or hamburger? Cat or dog? On some matters in life, every kid must take a stance. Cats versus dogs has been a longtime hotly debated issue at recesses and lunch tables worldwide. Which one is smarter? Which one is cleaner? Which one is the ideal pet? Let your students decide as they create a researched opinion piece in our Cats vs. Dogs unit.
This unit uses components from our Writing Intervention Tools file to systematically guide students through the opinion writing process and teach critical writing strategies in a child-friendly way.
The Cats vs. Dogs unit centers around our charming book, Hazel Meets the Writing Strategy Friends. Students meet Hazel, an adorable screech owl, who takes a vacation to the desert to visit Grandma Hoot. Grandma suggests that Hazel take a hike for writing inspiration and along the way, she meets 10 strategy animals. Students will use these strategy animals to complete the opinion writing process.
This unit includes the following:
This comprehensive unit includes:
• Detailed Suggestions for Use (for preparation and instruction)
• "Hazel Meets the Writing Strategy Animals" book
• Graphic organizers to record research
• Planning, drafting, and publishing templates
• Editing and revision anchor charts
• Hands-on writing tools
• Grading rubric
Even your most reluctant writers will enjoy creating an argument for the ideal pet!
**You will need nonfiction cat and dog books to complete the research. I used "National Geographic Kids: Cats vs. Dogs" by Elizabeth Carney; this book can be purchased at most local bookstores or on Amazon.com.