Animals in Sports and Entertainment

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
6
7
8
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Science
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Environment
Focus Question 

Focus Question:  How should animals be treated, and who speaks for their welfare? 

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Unit Overview 

The learners assess the role of animals in sports and entertainment. The learners differentiate between animal cruelty and the humane treatment of animals. They plan advocacy as a way to promote the humane treatment of all animals.

Service Experience 
Learners will determine an issue of animal welfare that they want to address.  They will write a persuasive essay or letter, and send it to an organization, local or national governmental entity, news media, or other appropriate venue in an attempt to promote animal welfare.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Animals in Sports and Entertainment
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

This lesson helps students explore how animals are used in sports and entertainment. They will explore the concepts of animal welfare and animal cruelty, and how they relate to the manner in which animals are trained and treated. The learners will explore, formulate, and articulate personal opinions concerning the use of animals and their welfare.

Unit: 
Animals in Sports and Entertainment
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

The purpose of this lesson is to expose the learners to beliefs and attitudes about the treatment of animals, especially applied to sports and entertainment.  In this lesson the learners will understand how laws, and attitudes and beliefs concerning animal welfare, affect personal responses to animal treatment. They will determine how these laws, attitudes and beliefs affect the manner in which performing animals are trained and treated.

Unit: 
Animals in Sports and Entertainment
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
6
7
8

In this lesson the learners will identify state and national laws that  provide for the humane treatment of animals. They will share their findings concerning the laws that regulate the use and treatment of animals and grow in their understanding of and appreciation for the role of advocacy in promoting change. They will write essays or letters advocating for animal welfare.