Dogs Theme: Reading, Writing, Language Galore, Common Core, All Through the Year

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Reading and writing about dogs puts kids at ease and makes language arts more enjoyable. This printable, ready-to-go resource is full of TONS of Common Core reading selections, writing lessons in every genre, language and comprehension activities, and more.

Dogs lead the blind, assist the handicapped, are police officers, herd animals, can detect the slightest odors, serve in the military, pull heavy loads across tundra, and have done so much more for hundreds of years. All these make for a plethora of informational texts (included) and tons of activities. Also includes literature studies and creative writing. Includes scaffolding, graphic organizers, examples, step-by-step lesson plans, and answer keys. 90 pages!!!

You could even pair this with a novel study such as The Call of the Wild or The Incredible Journey.

Motivate your students with a topic they will enjoy whether they have dogs as pets or not!

Note About Printing: Be careful to select which pages you want to print before printing. The cover, the chart, and a page with photographs may take up too much ink!! I would keep this as a computer file and print as needed.


Contents:
1. Assistance Dogs: Informational text. vocabulary/language, comprehension, make a web (identifying main ideas and supporting details), write a summary

RI.1, RI.2, W.2, W.4, L.1, L.2, L.3, L.5, L.6

2. Police Dogs: Informational Text, vocabulary/language, Latin roots, outlining, edit text to reorganize supporting details, write a literary nonfiction narrative

RI.2, RI.6, RI.9, RI.10, W.3, W.4, L.1, L.2, L.3, L.4, L.6, SL.1

3. Create a New Breed: Write an explanatory description and put its clarity to the test by having a partner create a drawing based on it.

W.2, W.4, L.1, L.2, L.3

4. Working Dogs: Informational text, determine word meanings using context clues, critical thinking-classify information into categories, identify topic sentences and main ideas

RI.1, R.2, R.5, RI.7, L.4, L.6

5. The Iditarod Sled Dog Race: Informational text, vocabulary/language, standardized test practice, cite textual evidence, evaluate a claim

RI.1, RI.4, RI.8, L.4

6. The Iditarod Sled Dog Race: Write an argument, research opposing viewpoints and claims

RI.1, RI.8, W.1, W.8

6. The Iditarod Sled Dog Race: Research and identify primary and secondary sources

RH.6-8.9

7. Logic Puzzle: A challenging critical thinking puzzle

8. Researching Breeds and Character Traits: Guided research activity, collaborative learning, make group and individual presentations, record character traits into class list

R.7, W.7, SL.1, SL.2, SL.4, SL.5, L.5, L.6

9. Aesop's Fables Featuring Dogs: Read fables and do textual analysis comparing themes and character. Reword British English into American English. Compare similarities between four stories in the same genre.

R.2, R.3, R.9

10. Read an Opinion: Read a commentary on dogs at the pound and identify opinions

RH.6-8.8

11. Read a Poem: For enjoyment and possible inspiration

12. Identify Figurative Language: Students read excerpts from The Call of the Wild and identify what type of figurative language it is choosing from a list of literary terms.

L.5

12. Write a Narrative (Creative Story): A list of creative story prompts will get all your students writing in no time.

W.3, W.4

13. Culminating Essay: Write an informative/explanatory essay about how dogs have been and continue to be useful to people. Use various sources to support your analysis.

W.2, W.4, W.5, W.9, L.1, L.2
Total Pages
90
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
1 Year

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Dogs Theme: Reading, Writing, Language Galore, Common Core
Dogs Theme: Reading, Writing, Language Galore, Common Core
Dogs Theme: Reading, Writing, Language Galore, Common Core
Dogs Theme: Reading, Writing, Language Galore, Common Core