Happy Pet on a Porch-Kids Love to Write Fantasy!

This fantasy prompt about a pet goes great with an old calendar picture of a cat or a dog.  Cats and dogs are such common pets and could realistically be sitting on a porch. This idea was a big hit among my campers!  They loved choosing a dog/cat calendar picture from a stack of many.

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Now the Lesson!

To get a full understanding on how I conduct each writing lesson you may want to read the Writing Prompts Introduction post.  The lesson outlined below (and all other prompts posted) will make more sense and be easier to follow and use.  Here’s the lined paper I use for Grades K-2 and Grades 2-7

Tell the Story Line

Tell the story line to your writers:  “A friend says something that hurts the main character.  The main character walks home sad.  He/she suddenly hears a cat or dog speak from a porch.  The animal invites the character inside.  The seemingly normal house turns out to be a wonderland.  While in the house, other animals speak and the character learns a lesson.  The story concludes with the dog/cat offering to walk the character home.  The character has a change of heart and attitude.

Show the 5 Sections
    1. Conversation and feelings.
    2. Pet speaks.  Entering the house.
    3. Describe the house.
    4. Animals’ words and actions.
    5. Character’s change of heart.  Final thoughts.

Now to write!

  1.  First, begin the story with a quotation.  A friend says something hurtful.  Write what the friend says in one, at most, two sentences.  Use another word instead of said and name the friend.  For example:  “I didn’t know you wanted to go with us,” Sally admitted.
  2. Next, name the main character and one sentence about starting back home.  For example, Tony left to walk home.
  3. Third, describe the characters actions that SHOW she/he is sad. 1-3 sentences.  For example, His head was down.  His hands were in his pockets and he kicked rocks every other step.
A Pet Speaks

4.  Fourth, quote what the dog/cat says while sitting on the porch.  For example, “Don’t be so sad,” a voice came from the neighbor’s porch.

5.  Fifth, continue the story showing the character’s next actions that lead him/her to enter the house.

6.  Next, describe the fantastical house in detail.

7.  Seventh, write what the animal characters inside say or do to help the main character feel better.

8.  Then, write about the character’s change of mind and heart.

9.  After that, finish the story with a quote from the original dog/cat.  For example, “Let me walk you back home,” ____ encouraged.

10. Lastly, write any final thoughts for the future that the character has.

Print the Lesson

Here’s the full lesson for you to print out and use.


Writers can staple their finished letter to the back of their calendar picture or put them back to back in a plastic page protector*.

NOTE:  If your kids like this prompt, they’re sure to enjoy the Puddle Jumping-Fantasy prompt as well!


Correct the Paragraph

students correcting a paragraph about a pet on a porch

Instead of Said-A to Z

words instead of said that can be used in the story about a pet

Writing Inferences

Quotation Scramblers using this list of quotations.

quotes that a pet could say