RUE Episode 39: Comparing and Contrasting Pets

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About Episode 39

Episode 39 has us performing the language function of Comparing and Contrasting pets, particularly cats and dogs; our most popular pets in the United States.

Dogs are one of the two most popular Pets in the United States. A young dog is called a puppy.
Dogs are one of the two most popular Pets in the United States. A young dog is called a puppy.
Our cat Pumpkin. Cats are great pets, but they’re different from dogs.

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…Episode 39 by clicking here. We compare and contrast America’s favorite pets, cats and dogs.  We show how they’re alike and how they’re different.  We use a Venn Diagram to mark these similarities and differences, and we pull from that to write sentences.

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Special Note: Factual Error

In the following lesson on Comparing and contrasting, I incorrectly stated that the long, pointed teeth in cats are called “feline teeth.”  That’s an error.  Although these teeth are in the mouth of a feline animal, they are still called “canine teeth.” Instead on making this erroneous contrast, please substitute another difference.  How about that most cats avoid immersion in water, while many dogs enjoy it? Please incorporate that or another contrast into the sentences you write.

Video Links

To view the original RVTV programs on Animals Impacting Our Health click here for part One.

For Part 2, click here.

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In this episode, we also learn about a serious disease that’s carried by mammals by seeing a segment of a program called Animals Impacting Our Health with host Bob Schopp. While dogs were often carriers of the disease rabies when I was a child, they are no longer the carriers in the United States.  The main carriers today are bats.  Dog do remain carriers of rabies in Mexico and most of Asia. Rabies is a fatal disease if not treated promptly. It’s important to vaccinate your dogs and cats against rabies, as almost any mammal can be a host to rabies.

Language Objective

We use conjunctions and clue words to compare and contrast two familiar objects: cats and dogs.

Academic Content Objectives

Animals Science: Compare and contrast two species to note their similarities and differences. Use a Venn Diagram to chart similarities and differences (how 2 animals are alike and how they are different).

Video Clips

Click here to see the video clip on Pet Care

Click here to see an interview about rabies in Oregon

Learning Materials

Here are the visuals in our lesson on Comparing and Contrasting dogs and cats.

Now it’s your turn. Use the information above to contrast the amount of dependency that’s usually seen in cats and dogs. The words in larger fonts are the perfect ones to use in showing contrast.


Find other animals to compare and contrast. Go ahead and make your own Venn diagram. The overlapping circles are what’s needed. The colors are unimportant. Write sentences using the words and phases we used in this episode. Now do the same with two other things that have likenesses and differences. Comparing and Contrasting is an important cagnive function and academic skill.

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Join us as Ramping Up your English goes down on the farm. We meet some farm animals in Episode 40. Click here to visit the Episode 40 page. Thanks for watching Episode 39 of Ramping Up your English!