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What Would This Animal Be Saying And/Or Thinking?


Brad Patterson is famous for his “blog challenges,” where he chooses a topic or idea, contributes one, and then invites other ESL/EFL teachers to contribute, too.

A tweet by Voxy, today, has prompted me to make my own “blog challenge.” They sent out this tweet:


Owly Images

I thought that was a great idea for ESL/EFL classes and, in fact, any class! I’d like to invite other teachers (ESL or non-ESL) to either post other suitable pictures on their blog and leave a link in the comments on this post or, if you don’t have a blog, just leave a link to a good photo. I’ll compile all the links into a single post in a few weeks. All they need to be are photos that would provoke a good response to the question:

What would this animal be saying or thinking?

Here are my two contributions — images of both of our dogs:

Our dog Bella always looks so happy-not!

I look forward to seeing lots of great photos for use as verbal/writing/thinking prompts!

I’m also adding this info to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

Also, see 33 Animals Who Are Extremely Disappointed In You,great post from BuzzFeed with….33 animal photos, along with captions of what they are thinking.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Love the challenge, Larry, and I admit I not only love starting challenges, but accepting them as well 😉

    I’ll take it up once I’m back from a week consulting abroad. Best from Shanghai, Brad.

  2. Great idea for a blog challenge! I am going to put it on my little ol’ blog with this photo:
    I found it on Pinterest! I know I have seen many Pinterest boards doing something similar, curating a collection of photos for writing prompts. I may start my own writing prompt pinboard now based on your fantastic blog challenge.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Alright Larry, went to the next blog in Google Reader after yours, and now I am seeing photographs everywhere that would be great for this blog challenge! Here is another one:

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  5. Great photos, Terry! Love the cabbage leaf cat… what an expression. I’ve added my own here and think you’ll get a giggle out of it too. Thanks again 4 the challenge, Larry!

    Cheers, Brad

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