Reflection: Lesson Planning Invasive Species: Compose an Argument - Section 2: Activator: Introduce the Prompt


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 This useful resource includes more than 75 high-interest articles, like the ones utilized in this lesson.

This is the fifth in a series of lessons using articles on invasive species and the fight to save endangered environments. In previous lessons students were introduced to the topic, summarized an article, became an ‘expert’ on one particular species and learned about others from their peers. From this pool of information, the students determined the conditions that allow a non-native species to establish itself and thrive in a new habitat. Then they determined the pros and cons of taking action to reduce the numbers of an invasive species. In this final lesson student compose an argument in defense of taking action against an invasive species or allowing nature to right itself.

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Invasive Species: Compose an Argument

Unit 4: Nonfiction Part II
Lesson 6 of 9

Objective: Write an argument to support a claim for or against taking action to rid the environment of an invasive species.

Big Idea: Environments the world over are facing danger from alien predators. No, not from other planets, but from species found right here on Earth!

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