Activities and Essays for Elementary and Middle School Students

This lesson plan is designed to help teachers present animal rights issues to their students. If you’re an educator, please feel free to adapt this material to fit your needs, and contact us if you need help incorporating this activity into your curriculum.

Objectives: To discuss various animal rights issues with your students by asking them to think about or research various animal-related topics and complete essays and activities

Bring animal rights into the classroom by having your students answer meaningful questions through quick activities or short answer essays. This lesson plan covers various issues ranging from companion-animal overpopulation to animals in captivity and starts with simple, fun questions, such as “If you could be any animal, which one would you be?”

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“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind