Activity Overview

In this activity, students will read several nonfiction texts around a similar topic. They will compare, analyze, and synthesize the ideas in the texts and may draw new conclusions about the topic. In this example, students will have read “Good Pet, Bad Pet” and "Pit Bulls Overcrowd Chicago Animal Shelters".

Example of Integrating Texts with "Good Pet, Bad Pet"

“Good Pet, Bad Pet”

  • Purebred dogs cost $500-$1000. Adding in accessories and veterinary bills makes owning a dog very costly.
  • Dogs may be dangerous and need to be properly trained. They are also very expensive.

"Pit Bulls Overcrowd Chicago Animal Shelters"

  • "For those looking to own a pet, pit bulls are everywhere. They’re for sale on eBay for up to $1,000 each, at pet stores, in parking lots."
  • "Some owners have to give up the dogs after they bite someone. In other cases, owners say they lost their home or lost a job and can’t afford them. Pit bulls are not allowed in many apartments."

Template and Class Instructions

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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/4/9] Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

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