Evolutionary Arms Race: Newts vs Snakes

This is a lesson on how an adaptation of one organism leads to an adaptation by the organisms competition. The purpose of this lesson is to see an example of evolving species and how they impact their competition. Read the article and summarize the main ideas presented by the author.

By Mr. Reavis
July 20, 2016
10th Grade Science

Writing Prompt

This text is concerning newts, snake evolutionary processes and adaptations.

In a small group, summarize Rachel Feltman's main ideas about how these Newts and Snakes are adapting in response to each other in How An Evolutionary Arms Race With Snakes Turned Newts Super Toxic. Describe the key evidence (or details) the author uses to inform his/her readers. Discuss the author's purpose for writing the text and identify the intended audience. Be ready to share your ideas with the rest of the class.

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10th Grade Literacy Standards in Science

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.

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text’s explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
Analyze the author’s purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text, defining the question the author seeks to address.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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