The Zoo Debate

By Phillipa Werry (SJ L2 May 2017)

I am learning to identify and describe what the author wanted me to feel, think about or see.

• I can identify what I think the author’s purpose might be

• I can identify the big idea or message/s in the story through character actions or events

• I can describe the thoughts, feelings and actions in the story and link it to author’s purpose

• I can find evidence in the text to support my  thinking, feelings and observations

• I can identify how the illustrations help to get the author’s message across

Vocabulary Check:

Read the following excerpts from the text.  Write what you think the meaning of the word is using the rest of the sentence or paragraph to help you.  Then check in a dictionary for the correct definition.

Archaeologists have found the remains of a zoo in the ruins of a five-thousand-year-old Egyptian city.

My guess:

I thought an Archaeologists was somebody who discovers dinosaur                                        bones


a person who studies human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artefacts and other physical remains.

...their enclosures are more like their natural environment.

My guess:

A cage for animals


An enclosure is a cage for an animal

Zoo staff say Anjalee is thriving.

My guess:

I think thriving is another word for happy


prosperous and growing; flourishing

Use full sentences to answer the following questions:

What is a debate?  Use a dictionary to help you find the meaning.

a formal discussion on a particular matter in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward and which usually ends with a vote.

What is the debate about in this article?  Who is for zoos and who is against?

This debate is about a zoo I think the staff and manager want to keep the zoo but Alex woodham works for the animal rights organisation safe.  he feels that even the best zoos cannot provide the right environment.

What message is the author trying to convey in this article?

presents both sides of a debate: should we or shouldn’t we have zoos?

What does the author want you to think about and learn from this article?

That not all of the best zoos cannot provide the best environment and not all zoos don't have good animal care and their enclosures don't have their natural habitat

List the pros and cons of zoos in the table below

Pros (positives)

Cons (against)

  • Zoos teach people about animals and their natural environments

  • Zoos allow people to see animals they would never be able to see normally .

  • Zoos teach people to respect and love wild animals

  • Zookeepers and vets care for the animals and work hard to give them a good life

  • Zoos help us to find out more about wild animals and how we can protect them

  • Zoos support conversation across the world.

  • Zoos have special breeding programs to help save endangered animals.

  • People can learn as much about animals from books or television documentaries

  • Some animals in zoos can get bored and lonely.

  • It costs a lot of money to keep animals in zoos.

  • Animals don't belong in zoos the have the right to be free

  • Most animals from breeding programs stay in the zoo they will never be put back in into their natural environment ,so the number of wild animals do not increase

  •  Some zoos only want to keep big animals like elephants and tigers[because they are what visitors want to see] and not smaller, less exciting animals .

After reading this article which side of the debate are you on? -  For zoos or against them?  Explain your answer by using examples and evidence from the text to back up your thinking.  You should write at least ONE paragraph.

I am for zoos because vets give animals a good life.  But animals in the wild don't have vets and doctors.