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Public Education Educator Resources Dog News

Learning Objectives

Students will write a news article that makes claims supported by reasons and evidence.


Grade Levels



Common Core Standard


Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.


Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.


Materials Needed

Newspaper articles, news clips, trailers, etc. Suggested dog-related websites below:





Newspaper article graphic organizer

Internet access for students


Pencils or pens




  • Show the students a few examples of dog-themed current events. Some possibilities are: a news clip, a newspaper article, a trailer of a new dog-themed movie or TV show.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling

  • Review the parts of a newspaper article with the students: headline, byline, lead, body (explanation and additional information), and quotations.
  • Pass out graphic organizer and rubric.

Independent Working Time

  • Students will write a newspaper article based on a real-life event featuring dogs. Students can use The Canine Chronicle, DN Magazine: Dog News, Showsight: The Dog Show Magazine, and AKC News for inspiration. However, as good reporters, they should find at least 3 different sources for their story.
  • While researching the story, student will complete the graphic organizer.
  • Students will write a newspaper story of at least 350 words not including the headline or byline.
  • In addition, the students should create an illustration to accompany the news article.

Review and Closing

  • Review the parts of a newspaper and what makes a good news story.