Writing Using a Dog Theme

Great Dog Writing Projects for the Classroom

Students love dogs! According to American Pet Products Association (APPA) approximately 44% of all households in the United States are dog owners. This is approximately 89.7 million dogs. They want to tell you about their dog’s newest antics. Because of this writing using a dog theme is extremely motivating for students who don’t want to write. The post will provide several ideas for writing using a dog theme.

More Interesting Facts

  • Seventy-seven percent of dog owners allow their pet to roam anywhere in the house. Only seven percent of people keep their dogs outside.
  • Forty-two percent of dog owners sleep with their dogs.
  • The United States has the largest dog population. It more than doubles the second-highest dog population country, China.

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Writing Idea

Great Dog Writing Projects for the Classroom

Pictures – The saying a picture is worth a thousand words really is true. Click here to view some pictures of dogs that tell stories. The link takes you to a Google Slide presentation which includes not only the photos but questions for students as well. 

Letters to the ‘Spectator’

Great Dog Writing Projects for the Classroom

Free Stories for Inspiration

The Spectator is a British magazine. It began weekly publications in 1828. In 1895, Editor J. St. Loe Stachey collected dog stories that had been sent in for publication. These stories were published in a book titled Dog Stories from the “Spectator.” These stories are now in the public domain. They are short and interesting making them perfect for classroom use. The stories include tales of dogs that traveled by train, protected loved ones, and showed great signs of intelligence.

I recommend downloading the Kindle version for students. Students can read Kindle titles on Smartphones, Tablets, and other devices by downloading the app from Amazon. By using a Kindle version, students can move quickly to different locations in the text. They can also use the highlighter tool. Encourage students to write their own dog stories after reading several stories for inspiration from Dog Stories from the “Spectator.” 

Dog Quotes

Have students add famous dog quotes to their stories.

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. – Man’s Best Friend. – Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog. It merely expands the heart. – Love is a four-legged word. – The road to my heart is paved with paw prints. – If you’re lucky… A dog will come into your life, steal your heart and change everything! – The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.

Dog Dictionary

Great Dog Projects for the Classroom

The dog dictionary was an extremely fun project. Students asked all 600 students in the school to bring in photos of their dogs. The photos were scanned and returned to their owners. During lab time, students made an online dictionary by grouping dogs by type – sporting, hound, working, herding, toy, non-sporting, and terrier. On dozens of web pages, students added the pictures and then listed facts and stories about the dogs. What a fun learning experience for the students.

Informational Text with Comprehension and Writing Questions

Unfortunately, the dog dictionary no longer resides on the school website. – Move out the old to make room for the new. – I took some of the photos from the project and created Google Slides. On the slides, writing prompts ask questions. You can download the Google Slides here. Dog Photos to use as Writing Prompts. Be sure to save them to your Google Drive to make the slides editable.

Informational Text with Comprehension and Writing Questions

Great Dog Writing Projects for the Classroom

I wrote this article for my students years ago as part of a dog project we were doing. When getting this blog post together, I added three pages of questions about the article. Questions range from recalling details, to understanding information on charts, to creating a Venn diagram with the information provided. This makes a great practice activity for standardized tests. I have included both printable and Google Slide versions. The answer key is found in the printable version.

Great Dog Writing Projects for the Classroom

Check out this blog post about the novel Wish. It includes a Google Slide activity that compares dogs from different novels. You may also wish to visit the Dog Theme section of my website.

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