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The Amazing History of Dogs

Two nonfiction texts explore where dogs came from and how the relationship between dogs and humans has changed over time.

By Sarah Albee and Lauren Tarshis
From the September 2017 Issue

Learning Objective: to synthesize information from two nonfiction texts about the relationship between dogs and humans

Lexile: 950L (Combined)
Other Key Skills: vocabulary in context, key ideas and supporting details, summarizing, text features, synthesis
Topics: Animals, Science,
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Guiding Question

How has our relationship with dogs changed over time?

Video: “Into the World of Military Working Dogs”

Fascinating history and adorable dogs? In the video, we take your students into the exciting world of real military working dogs. Students will learn about the history, training, and importance of these amazing animals. Use these video discussion questions to synthesize information from the video and the article.

Debate: “Is the Bulldog Doomed?”

Centuries of irresponsible breeding have left the bulldog with a host of health problems. Should we change the way we breed them? 

Paired Texts: “The Story of Awwww”

Two nonfiction texts explore our relationship with pets. The first tells the fascinating story of how the hamster became a beloved American pet. The second explores whether robots are a good alternative to living pets.

Step-by-Step Lesson Plan

Close Reading, Critical Thinking, Skill Building

1. PREPARING TO READ

2. READING AND DISCUSSING

3. SKILL BUILDING

Differentiated Writing Prompts
For On-Level Readers

Explain how the relationship between dogs and humans has changed over time. Use information from both texts. Your response can be in the form of a comic, an essay, a poem, or a video.

For Struggling Readers

In a well-organized paragraph, explain how the relationship between dogs and humans has changed over time. Use text evidence from both articles in “The Amazing History of Dogs” to support your ideas.

For Advanced Readers

Research the relationship between humans and another pet of your choosing. In a well-organized essay, compare this relationship with the relationship between humans and dogs. Use text evidence from your research as well as from “The Amazing History of Dogs.”

Customized Performance Tasks
For Debaters

Do you think dog owners go too far? Answer this question in a class debate or an argument essay. Use text evidence from “The Amazing History of Dogs” as well as the additional texts provided at Scope Online.

For Creative Writers

What do you think the relationship between humans and dogs will be like in the distant future? Answer in the form of a short video, drawing, or essay. Use information from “The Amazing History of Dogs” as well as from the additional texts provided at Scope Online.

Literature Connection: Curricular novels about the relationship between animals and humans:

The Call of the Wild 
by Jack London

One and Only Ivan 
by Katherine Applegate

War Horse 
by Michael Morpurgo