Stories of people helping animals are all over the internet, and sharing them with your students is an excellent way to encourage kindness both in and out of the classroom. Because most children naturally feel compassion for animals, sharing rescue stories is a great way to engage and motivate different types of learners and encourage them to take action to help end animal suffering.
TeachKind’s Rescue Stories reading comprehension worksheets tell a different animal’s tale of transformation each month, featuring key vocabulary words and questions in order to encourage literal, inferential, and evaluative thinking. January’s story is about Miss Willie, a dog who was kept chained outside for 12 long years before PETA fieldworkers were able to rescue her and give her a joyful final chapter to her life.
While Miss Willie’s story is heartbreaking, its message is important. We encourage teachers to address the serious issue of chained dogs with their students, especially if it is plaguing your own community. When students learn that they have the power to make a difference in the life of an animal, they’re motivated to take action. As educators, we can use this enthusiasm to drive learning and growth.
Use other TeachKind resources to create an entire lesson around this story. You can use this worksheet to address the following Common Core English language arts standards:
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Be sure to watch Miss Willie’s video to see all the fun things she got to do after her rescue.
This reading comprehension passage is geared toward students in grades 6 through 8 and is great for English-language learners, too.