Cats vs. Dogs: A Persuasive Opinion Argument Writing Unit (Distance Learning)

Astute Hoot
Grade Levels
1st - 3rd, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • PDF
100 pages
Share this resource
Astute Hoot


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

Total Pages
100 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
Report this Resource to TpT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TpT’s content guidelines.


to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Provide a concluding statement or section.
Use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinion and reasons.
Provide reasons that support the opinion.
Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.


Questions & Answers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up