Animal Cruelty Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What types of behaviors constitute animal cruelty? This lesson plan opens with a text lesson that outlines critical facts about animal cruelty. An activity challenges students to identify instances of animal cruelty.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define animal cruelty
  • explain the purpose of the American Society for the Protection of Animals
  • discuss the Animal Welfare Act
  • list and distinguish between the different types of animal cruelty

Length

45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.3

Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.9

Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

Key Vocabulary

  • Animal cruelty
  • American Society for the Protection of Animals
  • Animal Welfare Act
  • Animal abuse
  • Animal neglect
  • Animal fighting
  • Puppy mill

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