Dog vs Cat Opinion Writing Prompt and Activity

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ENGAGE students with this FUN opinion writing craft! Use graphic organizers to help students come up with reasons and supporting details about whether dogs or cats are better animals and to persuade their reader WHY they are right.

This common core aligned writing prompt pairs great with the book Dog vs. Cat by Chris Gall. However, owning this book is by no means necessary for using this resource.

Ideas for Use: Students will brainstorm, draft, plan, edit and publish a writing piece about 4 different reasons to support their opinion on the topic. Afterwards, students will complete a simple craft to add a pop of color and fun to their writing.

There are three different planning pages differentiated to different learning styles/grade levels. This is a fun writing project that can be taught across one week or shortened to be taught in just a day or two.

What's Included:

  • Teaching Guide
  • Brainstorming Page
  • 3 Differentiated Graphic Organizers for Planning
  • Publishing Pages
  • Craft Pages
  • 2 Rubrics
  • Photo Examples

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Total Pages
26 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.


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