The students read an article about the benefits of owning a pet, particularly owning a cat or a dog. They are asked to write an essay stating their opinion about which pet is best, a cat or a dog. I have included an organizer, a grading rubric (with blanks for individual requirements) and a sample rubric. The rubric is also included in a Microsoft Word format so you can edit it to meet your needs. The articles are in landscape and portrait.