Reflection: Lesson Planning Invasive Species: Find the Common Factors - Section 2: Share Your Expertise


This lesson is adapted from one that appears in Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Reading (2011) by Harvey Daniels and Nancy Steineke, which is available at It is a useful resource that includes more than 75 high-interest articles, like the ones utilized in this lesson.

In previous lessons, the class worked together to read, make meaning of and summarize an article about the problems occurring because of an over population of camels in Australia. Then they independently apply those to skills to another article on the same topic but about a different species. 

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Invasive Species: Find the Common Factors

Unit 4: Nonfiction Part II
Lesson 4 of 9

Objective: SWBAT determine the central idea of multiple texts on the same topic.

Big Idea: How is it that some organisms become established in a new environment and some die out? Discover what those that thrive in their newly adopted homes have in common.

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