P4C Animal Rights

Age: school years 5, 6, 7 and 8

Length: 60 minutes (flexible)

Group size: small to class-size


Learning outcomes:

a) Students will understand key animal rights issues.

b) Students will contribute to a whole-class debate about these issues.

c) Students will learn and apply devices and techniques to a piece of writing.




We will have a discussion on a number of animal rights issues. Students will be invited to debate a number of ethical questions.


This is followed by a Q&A, along with activities based on specific writing devices and techniques, considering PAF, chosen in advance from one of the following:



  • Poetry

  • Myths and Legends

  • Scriptwriting

  • Descriptive writing

  • A creative story

  • Diary entry



  • Instructions

  • Balanced argument

  • Persuasive, eg an advert, letter, speech, travel guide

  • Newspaper report

  • Formal and explanation writing (including letters)

  • Diary entries

  • Non-chronological report

  • Information text, eg leaflet


For example, persuasive text focus:


A Q&A on what persuades us, before building a list of persuasive writing techniques. Using these criteria, each student will develop a persuasive text. For example, students will write a letter to one of the key characters in #galaxygirl to persuade her that keeping animals in poor conditions is wrong.



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