The Subtle Effects of Today's Marijuana

Students will use Marking a Text to isolate and summarize main ideas and key findings in an science article about new findings on the affects of cannabis potency on brain structure and function.

By Mr. Melero
March 28, 2016
10th Grade Science

Writing Prompt

Researchers have known for a long time that THC has been shown to cause psychotic symptoms. But the cannabis sold today is up to 3x higher in THC than the cannabis sold 20 or 30 years ago.

Summarize the main ideas in "White matter damage caused by 'skunk-like' cannabis, study shows." Explain why the evidence presented in this article is important (or worth considering).

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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.

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
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.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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