Madagascar's history seen through a mouse lemur

Students will read the article "Ridiculously cute mouse lemurs hold key to Madagascar's past" and then respond to the article through both discussion and writing.

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

Writing Prompt

Madagascar is an island off the southern coast of Africa. It consists of diverse habitats including rain- forests, highlands and deciduous forests. Over time ecologically habitats can change and studies have shown that many ecosystems we see today differ from what they were in the past.

In a small group, summarize Boyd's main ideas on the relevance of mouse lemur DNA "Ridiculously cute mouse lemurs hold key to Madagascar's past." 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.
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
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