Ms. Gokturk

Listening and Writing Task

Expository Writing

In Class Essay

Overview: Listen to an article written by Cat Lady Martha about why cats are considered the best type of pet. You will hear the speech twice. Take notes on the speech to help you write the assignment. (You will not read the speech.)

The Situation: You donít like cats but love ______ as a type of animal for a pet. You have decided to write a letter to newspaper arguing that _______ is a better type of pet than cats. The purpose of your letter is to persuade readers to support your opinion. Use the points made by the Cat Lady and relevant information from her article to write your letter.

YOUR TASK: Write a five paragraph letter to a newspaper in which you persuade the readership to pamper and take home a ________ instead of a cat. Write only the body of the letter.


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Possible pets better than a house cat (Idea Bank)

Birds, Lizards, Fish, Spiders, Pigs, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Rats, Turtles, Little Brothers/Sisters, Dogs, Horses, Rocks, Giraffes, etc.