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This resource includes three illustrated pages about the domestication of dogs by humans thousands of years ago. The informational texts include 8 sections:
What exactly is a domesticated dog?, Dogs: their family tree; How do dogs and wolves differ?;
Where and when did domesticated dogs originate; The Stone Age dog of Ireland; Archaeological finds; Why and how did dogs become our domesticated companions; and Dogs that help. Please note that in many places in the texts, for the sake of brevity, I use “dogs” rather than “domestic dogs” to refer to our four-legged friends!
The resource begins with a student survey which can be done with the class as a whole, or in groups. The right side of the page includes space for students to jot down various answers they might consider as they go along, or varying opinions.
Included are three pages of questions (assessing comprehension as well as expressing opinions while citing evidence) and vocabulary work. Three vocabulary words are included on each page: students define each word and then apply that word to what they have learned from the passages.
The last activity is a writing assignment. Students complete research into a “helping dog” and write about what they discovered. Examples might be therapy dogs, dogs that help during natural disasters, or dogs that have heroically saved others.
A full answer key (except for the open ended writing activity) is provided. Please note that the examples given on the answer key for vocabulary work are just that - student answers are likely to be phrased differently. The comprehension questions might also eliciti answers that I did not include, but are not necessarily wrong, especially when students express opinions or provide examples.