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Silly Animal Problems

writing an original story that has been thoughtfully sequenced


Student Writer Instructions:

In Dog Breath, an ordinary animal experiences an ordinary problem, but Dav Pilkey makes that problem seem extraordinary: Hally Tosis has really, really bad breath.   The book’s fantastic descriptions and illustrations help us really visualize this poor animal’s problem as he goes from situation to situation.   Can you think of another animal that might experience a really bad case of an ordinary problem?

For this writing exercise, you will choose an ordinary animal to write about.  Pressing the first button below will give you some animal choices. 

Pressing the second button will give you choices of silly problems that animals might face.   Choose one that inspires you to write about many situations your animal could get into.

After choosing your animal and problem you are on your way to a silly and fun story. Don’t forget to include wonderful details when writing about the situations your animal gets itself into with its silly and extraordinary problem.

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.


Press the buttons to receive ideas for animals and silly problems:


(It's okay to come up with your own animal here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

(It's okay to come up with your own silly problem here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)     

        Can you write a series of descriptive events that would make up an entire story about your animal? 


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