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Write About a Pet
By Kaylene Johnson

Write about a pet -- one that you have never owned. It can be the usual dog or cat, or it can be something fantastic, like a dragon or a flea. The important thing is to write about it in detail.
  1. How do you care for it?
  2. How did you come to own this pet?
  3. Use the five senses to describe how it looks, sounds, feels, smells. Be specific. For example, instead of writing, "My pet is very small" use language that paints a picture: "My pet lives inside the nostril of an Abe Lincoln penny." (Now that's small!)
  4. Draw a picture of your pet.


Ellie's story and drawing:


Ellie's Drawing


Ellie's Story


Meredith's story and drawing:


Meredith's Drawing



Meredith's story


About the Author: Kaylene Johnson is a free-lance writer and teaches writing workshops for the Anchorage School District. She has written for guidebooks and magazines including Alaska Magazine.

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