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A Dog's Purpose Related Articles: A Short Analysis: Home


You'll analyze ONE of the topics to the right and read BOTH articles.

This organizer is to be used while/after reading both articles.

Works Cited

Your Works Cited should have TWO entries, one for each article.

You will use to create the Works Cited.

Go to and click on Login.  Rename the "project" if you like.

For database articlesClick on More.  Click on Write/Paste (last one).  Paste the Citation from the Database article into the first box.  Click on Save.  

When you're ready, click on Download.  Then Copy and Paste the Works Cited in a new page at the bottom of your essay.


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Jennifer Jourdain
Montachusett Regional Voc Tech School
1050 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-9200 x5125

Articles to Read in Relation to the Stories

Use this organizer to take notes and analyze your article.  Be sure to copy and paste the citation in the box provided.

Topics and Prompts:

Pet Ownership: Should we even have pets?
    Pets: Is It Ethical to Keep Them? 
    Pet pooches good for your mental health.

Animal Experimentation: Is it right for scientists to experiment on dogs?

    Experiments on Dogs Have Led to Medical Breakthroughs
    Dogs Should Not Be Used for Animal Experimentation

Spaying / Neutering Your Pets: Is it ethical to spay/neuter and what are the ramifications of doing it (or not)?
    Dogs Are Not Here for Our Convenience
    For Poor Families, an Added Burden of Too Many Pets

Pet Cloning: Is It a Good Idea to Clone Your Pet?

    Ethicists Debate the Cloning of Pets
    Copy Cats

Shelters and Overpopulation Kill vs No-Kill:  Do "no-kill" shelters work?
    Gov. Newsom proposes $50 million to make California 'no-kill' state for shelter animals.
    What's wrong with "no-kill"? It's a worthy goal ... but its reality today is a deceptive myth

Emotional Support Animals: Is it a good idea to allow support animals in public places?

Sample Analysis Paper

For a copy of the short analysis template, click here.
How to Write A Dog's Purpose Related Articles: Short Analysis Essay
  • React personally. (However, do no use personal pronouns)  Never write: “In my opinion…” Or “I think…”
  • Put order to your argument, starting with the least compelling evidence and building to the most impressive point. 
  • Use evidence from both articles to support your opinion.  If you mainly agree with one article, use the other to prove your argument. For example:  Although Roger Smith from PETA states in his article, that dogs should never be euthanized, it is obvious that this is not realistic.
Short analysis format:
Introduction Paragraph:
Write an interesting “hook” sentence that makes the reader want to read on.
Briefly state the main points of your essay. Provide some background for your thesis.
Strong statement of thesis. What you argue in your essay?

Supporting Paragraphs:
For each supporting paragraph bring down a briefly stated main point & then elaborate.
Use your voice to discuss the prompt and the main point.
Use evidence from the article to support your ideas.
Discuss one point per supporting paragraph.
Use both articles in your essay.  Choose one that you feel more strongly about.  Use the other article to dismiss 
Incorporate in-text citations from the article.  Use lead-in words such as "According to," "As stated by," etc.  
Use transition words to make the supporting paragraphs flow such as furthermore, in addition, moreover, first, second, third, finally, again, also, and, besides, further, in the first place, last, likewise, next, then.
Conclusion Paragraph:
Restate your thesis / main idea.
Summarize your main points. (Tie up any loose ends.)
Create an strongly worded “clincher” sentence to end your conclusion.
Never introduce new information in the conclusion.
Works Cited:
A Works Cited is mandatory. (2 references required).  Use
Include citation information from both articles.