You will research different groups of animals. You will look at, listen to, and consider all of the websites below. You will gather any information needed to support your argument. You need to gather enough information for a two page persuasive essay. If you would like to add any photos to your presentation, please feel free to do so. TIP: Click on a website link to enter it. When you're ready to leave it, click the BACK ARROW. Don't close the site.
- animal.discovery.com On this site you should make sure to go to Meerkat Manor "Watch Sneak Peeks" and "Meet the Wiskers". There are several clips for you to take a look at. While you are viewing some of these clips, you should take note of whether you see any similarities between the actions of the Meerkats and the actions of Daisy, Edmond, Piper, and Isaac from the novel.
- dolphins.org Make sure to look at "Research" and view the story that aired on the Discovery Channel. Also take a look at "Dolphin Cognition" to see how dolphins think.
- koko.org On this site you should visit "About Gorillas" and "Gorilla Facts".
- www.seaworld.org As you look through this website, you should take a look at "Animal Info" and "Wild Life".
Create Your Persuasive Essay:
- Now it is time for you to analyze your data so that you can create a persuasive essay. This essay is going to be about whether animals have similar behaviors to humans durring times of war or not.
- In a persuasive essay, the writer tries to persuade the reader to accept an idea or agree with an opinion. The writer's purpose is to convince the reader that her or his point of view is a reasonable one. The persuasive essay should be written in a style that grabs and holds the reader's attention, and the writer's opinion should be backed up by strong supporting details.
- You must use characters from the novel, along with research from the websites to create an argument. You must try to persuade your audience (our class) to believe your viewpoint. Use the websites to help you justify the characters behaviors.
- Your paper must include a title, an introduction with a thesis statement, at least five body paragraphs, and a conclusion. You may use illustrations if you choose to do so. Tip: Carefully look at the RUBRIC on the evaluation page so that you are aware of how you will be evaluated.
Show What You Know:
- You will present your argument about the behaviors of the characters in the novel How I Live Now orally before the class.
- You will listen carefully and respectfully to the presentations of your classmates.
- During the other presentations, you will take note of any effective strategies your classmates use in their writing and any evidence from the novel or the websites they spoke about, that truly helped to persuade the audience.
- Your teacher will use the rubric to evaluate your presentation.