Does Nature Need Our Help?

Students will read and summarize an article.

By Mr. Capuzzi
August 28, 2017
10th Grade English

Writing Prompt

Humans have an impact on their environments. They destroy ecosystems, exploit land for resources, pollute, and introduce non-native species. Some people try to intervene in other ways with the intent of preserving the natural world. Does nature need our help?

Write a summary of today's article. As you write your summary, complete the following steps:  
STEP 1: Your first step is to understand the text. If you have not read the article carefully, do that now.  
STEP 2: Look back at the article and do the following:  
Pull out the topic sentences for each paragraph.  
Take out any details that are not necessary.  
Put the information into a single paragraph.  
STEP 3: Rethink your summary and the article.  
STEP 4: Check and double-check.  

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10th Grade English Language Arts Standards

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
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