Sled dog racing is a popular yet controversial sport. Students will first learn all about the sport by reading the informational text, "The Iditarod Sled Dog Race." Then students will read two lists of points taken from credible sources - one list provides reasons why sled dog racing is an excellent sport and one list provides reasons why sled dog racing is cruel to animals. A list of credible sources is included with each list so that you can direct students to research the facts on their own and obtain quotations to use in their arguments.
An argument writing guide is included.
Aligns perfectly to these Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1a Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1b Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1c Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1d Establish and maintain a formal style.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.1e Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.