Discipline: Science

Grade Level: 7

Course: Life Science

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Biodiversity
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  • Background to Share With Students
    • Healthy ecosystems are vital to people in a variety of ways. You will consider the role of biodiversity in this report and the responsibility humans have to the environment.

  • Task/Text
    • Teaching Task

      After researching the bookmarked online articles on biodiversity, write a report that defines biodiversity and explains its importance. Support your discussion with evidence from your research.

      Reading Texts
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  • Content Standards
    • Standards Source: Number: Content Standards:

      Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System

      3.1.7 C2

      Explain why the extinction of a species may occur when the environment changes.

      4.3.7 A

      Explain how products are derived from natural resources.

      4.4.7 A

      Describe how agricultural practices, the environment, and the availability of natural resources are related.

      4.4.7 B

      Describe the economic importance of agriculture to society.

      4.5.7 C

      Explain how human actions affect the health of the environment.

  • Reading Standards for Informational
    • "Built-In" Reading Standards "When Appropriate" Reading Standards (applicable in black)
      • 1- Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
      • 2- Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
      • 4- Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
      • 6- Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
      • 10- Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
      • 3- Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
      • 5- Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
      • 7- Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
      • 8- Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
      • 9- Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • Writing Standards for Informational
    • "Built-In" Writing Standards "When Appropriate" Writing Standards (applicable in black)
      • 2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
      • 4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
      • 5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
      • 9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
      • 10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audience.
      • 1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
      • 3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
      • 6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
      • 7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
      • 8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  • Scoring Rubric
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