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Teaching Resources: They’re Back!

Common Core Teaching Tips and related printables

August 13, 2013

Common Core Teaching Tips for "They're Back!":

Support close reading by following these steps.

Read for understanding

Read the article together, stopping to discuss important facts and details along the way. Ask: Why does the author say that extinction used to mean forever? Why can’t dinosaurs be brought back? What species are scientists working on bringing back?

Key Ideas and Details

Have pairs of students read the story together to determine its main ideas. Ask: What is the main idea of the first half of the article? (Scientists may soon be able to bring back extinct species.) What is the main idea of the second half of the article? (Bringing back extinct species may or may not be a good idea.)

Craft and structure

Focus on word choice. In paragraph 4, the author writes, “Just because we can bring species back doesn’t mean that we should.” Ask: Does this show that the author is for bringing back species, against bringing back species or neither? Explain.

Have students compare and contrast the article with this related piece (PDF). Ask: For each article, what is the author’s purpose? Which type of article do you think is more challenging to write, and why?

Writing Task

Should extinct animals be brought back? Have students write a paragraph persuading others of their opinion, using information from TFK. Challenge them to include at least one reason not given in the cover story.

Common Core standards Addressed

R.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.

R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

R.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.

W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.



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