Do you remember a favorite pet?

expository journal writing prompt for a newspaper

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Do you have a favorite pet who has passed away? It can be your own pet, a friend’s pet, a grandparent’s pet, or even your neighbor’s pet. Write a newspaper obituary for this pet who has died. Tell what you liked most about this animal. Explain what this pet will be most remembered for. (If you don’t know what an obituary is, please click on the link and read about it on Wikipedia.)

Remember that spelling, punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure all count. To get ten points, you must write ten complete sentences, using good grammar, correct spelling, appropriate punctuation, etc… Besides, isn’t your pet worth the extra time and effort it takes to make sure your writing looks good?

Want an example of an obituary for a pet? Here’s one:

Gershwin was our pet raccoon. He died suddenly on September 10, 2010. We think he might have had a heart attack because he had been eating a lot of rich food, but no autopsy was given. His funeral will be held on September 12, 2010 out behind our house, near the apricot tree. Gershwin will be remembered fondly as the raccoon who liked to eat cat food. He also used his tongue to tickle people’s feet while they watched TV. He will be missed for many years to come.

Since it’s seven sentences long, this example would be worth seven points (as it has no errors). You can choose an ordinary house pet for your obituary. Write about a dog, a cat, a goldfish, or some other pet you’ve lost.


About Chelly Wood

I am a school librarian with an English degree, and I like to write books. I've also designed commercial doll clothes patterns, and I make stop-motion videos with dolls. My literary agent is Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

6 responses »

  1. My favorite pet is a dog named Chico. He is five years old. He is white, different colors of browns,and black. He catches mice, hops after cats, he runs like a horse, and he tries to climbs trees. He barks at strangers that look at suspicious to him, and he wacks them with his long tail. He is a funny dog, and he always plays football and soccer with me that’s why he’s my favorite pet.

  2. Atom was my pet albino phython. He died on June 14,2009. He died beacause he was getting old and sick. His funeral was on June 15,2009. He was very nice. He would never bute unless you hurt or entagonize him. He will be remembered for being the snake that liked to wrap around your arm and lick you. I will miss him forever.

  3. Dosha was our pet dog. She was hit by a car on November 19, 2008. She was a really good dog, she was a Blue Nosed Pit bull. She was one of the best dog I had ever had, she was known to always be a calm dog, she would let the baby bounce all over her. When she died we all cried.
    We had her since I was six years old. We had a funeral in our back yard on November 23, 2008. We visit her every year and lay down flowers. Dosha will always be remembered in our family. She was the best dog ever, let her rest in peace.

  4. my favorite pet is the dog right now. I have had two dogs when i was very little so i barely remember them.The dog i have right now is about four or five years old. He is very hyper sometimes and very calm at other times. I love him very much. He is a beagle and loves catching wild micce and any wild thing that comes near our backyard. he is a hunting dog so I dont blame him. That is my Favorite pet.

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