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Fifth Grade Informational Reading/Argument Writing Project

The video, articles, and graph links are posted on Snow Day Assignments.

Task 1: Response to "Phoenix Zoo Helps Save Endangered Animals"
Video text: Phoenix Zoo Helps Save Endangered Species

You are about to watch a video that was aired on the news in Phoenix. It is only a couple minutes long,
so let me tell you about it first. It is a news report on how a zoo in Phoenix is interacting with
endangered animals. The information in the report comes from people who work at the zoo. You will
have a chance to watch the video more than once. You may want to just watch it first, and then be ready
to write down quotes and other specific details from the video that help us understand how the zoo
helps to save endangered animals.

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Task 2
Text: "Zoochosis" by Stephanie Santana and Shauwn Lukose

Now you will have a chance to read an article written by two fourth graders. Remember the big question
to keep in mind is this: What stance should you take about zoos based on what you are learning? You
may jot ion a piece of paper as you read this article. When you finish reading, answer the
question below on a piece of paper. Be sure to include more than one detail in your response.

*Do the authors of "Zoochosis" think zoos are good or bad for animals?
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Task 3
Text: "The Swazi Eleven" by Kelly Boland Hohne

*Researchers, you now will have the opportunity to read another article and add to your thinking about
the pros and cons of zoos. This one is called "The Swazi Eleven" and it is based on research by Tom
French, a prize-winning journalist who spent six years studying zoos. After you finish reading, write
details from the text that help you understand why it is hard for elephants to live in their natural
habitat.
Again, make sure to quote directly when you find important details that you want to include.

*According to this article, why is it a problem for elephants to stay in Swaziland?
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Task 4:
Text: "Life Span of Female African Elephants in Zoos and the Wild" bar graph

You will have a chance to read a chart to use in your essay. This chart is based on scientific research
that looked at hundreds of elephants over forty years. Your notes on this chart are for you. Jot down
ideas and evidence from this chart that you could use in your argument essay.

Write down main ideas and key details that this chart offers on the topic of zoos and endangered
animals.
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Task 5
*Researchers, this is it! You know the task: write a research-based argument essay to clearly state a
position on whether zoos help or harm endangered animals, and to support that position persuasively
with evidence from the texts you have watched and read. Use everything you know about essay writing
- taking a side and stating your claim clearly, and using information and quotations from your research
to back up your ideas -to write a convincing essay.

Be sure to:
* Make a quick plan for your essay using boxes and bullets or another organizational tool
* Introduce the topic
* Take a position: make clear whether you believe zoos help or harm animals
*Create body paragraphs to organize your reasons
* Include relevant facts and details from the sources you�ve read and watched
*Use transition words to link information and ideas
* Write a conclusion

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