Should Zoos Exist-Day 3

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SWBAT summarize informational text, identifying main idea and supporting details to use when making an argument.

Big Idea

Students are asked to pick a side on a controversial issue of whether or not zoos help endangered species.

Advanced Organizer

5 minutes

I want students to recall their claim on the issue; "Are zoos helpful or harmful to endangered species?", so we are picking up with our research where we left off in the previous lesson,   I will have students review their notes and annotations, as well as their post it notes and place their last stance onto the board, under the appropriate category.  

We will take a few moments to discuss the articles we read in the previous lesson, making sure all of our notes and summaries are completed.  This will also help the students recall their reactions to the topic.  

I will have students share out and discuss their findings and claims.   I will review the Should there be zoos power point and pick up on the slide we left off on the previous day.

Guided Practice

25 minutes

We will be continuing our research and work so we are prepared to make on arguments on the topic of whether or not zoos help endangered species. 

First, I will pass out the article title Life Span of Elephants in Zoos vs the Wild.  The students will go through the same format as before.  We will read the article aloud first.  Then, I will have the students go through and locate the main idea and supporting details using the Drawing conclusions handout.  This allows them to take a different path when conducting research.  

Next, I will have them stop and to a Round Robin to discuss their findings with the group.  This will give them a chance to check their work and also receive feedback from their peers.  It will also give me a quick assessment on how well the students are doing with locating the main idea. 

Then, once the information is checked, the students can write a summary.  For those students who are ready to move on past the graphic organizer, this is when I will allow them to do that.

Once they have written a summary, they will receive a post it note and make a claim based on the information they have as to whether or not zoos are harmful or helpful to endangered species. 

I will ask a few students to defend their claims and discuss their evidence.  This will give students the chance to share their work and receive additional feedback.  It also allows them to hear their peers thoughts on the issues. 

Finally, I will load a video from that discusses the horrible conditions at the Atlanta City Zoo.  I will have the students draw a main idea/supporting detail graphic organizer and complete it as they watch the video. 

After they have read and watched it and made their annotations, I will have them work with their shoulder partners to write their summaries using the Summary Graphic Organizer

Again, once the summaries are written, we will write our newest claim on a post it note and provide our evidence. 

I will ask a few students to share out on their claims and evidence.


10 minutes

I want the students to have a few moments to digest all the information they worked with today.  For the closure, I will have them take a minute to reflect on the information and record their thoughts and reactions.  I will have them write their responses into their spirals.  Here is a student reflection