Can Animals Think?

Can Animals Think? Learners develop their thinking abilities by reading Linden's essay and constructing an evidence-based response. Complete with rubrics and exemplars to evaluate writing, the resource also has suggested pre-, during, and post-reading activities as well as supports for English language learners.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Embed these two assessment tasks as a pre- and post-assessment to measure growth
  • Allow sixth graders to self-grade and compare with provided rubrics and exemplars
Classroom Considerations

  • You will need to preview the selection of suggested before, during, and after reading activities to decide which ones you want to use
  • Pupils need a copy of of Can Animals Think? by Eugene Linden


  • Exemplars make rubrics easy to understand
  • Supports English language learners
  • Uses a combination of evidence-based strategies to address a variety of learners