In my 6/7 reading class, we do a variety of literature circles studying various genres. For our realistic fiction literature circle they read books with the theme of animals (Because of Winn Dixie, Charlie's Raven, Rascal, Shiloh). We study the characterization of the humans and connect to the theme of animals with other texts, personal experience, and real world issues (dissection and research, zoos,fur, etc.) At the end of the unit the students are asked to imagine the animals perspective on everything that happened and keep a diary from their point of view. This is the rubric.