This paper is designed for persuasive writing. The task for the students is to persuade the reader to get a pet dog. It is aligned with the theme in California Treasures, Grade 1, Unit 3, Week 2. However, it can also complement any other language arts program, since it is designed for the persuasive writing genre. The tree map already includes the main idea, which will become the topic sentence when the students begin writing. The branches include the sentence starters Dogs are, Dogs will, and They can.