Ecology - Biodiversity
Biodiversity - How All Living Things Are Connected
Extinction is a natural process that occurred long before humans ever evolved. Why should we worry about extinction now? Elaborate using at least three examples that would support this your answer. Suppose you could eliminate extinction of animals in our day. Write a well-developed plan with at least five parts on how you would accomplish this.
Inquiry Question/Big idea on Biodiversity
Assessment Focus/Specific Expectations:
Reading- Making inferences, drawing conclusions
Writing - form, voice, word choice
Science – Understanding Life Systems

Criteria
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SCIENCE- Knowledge
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the fact that extinction is a problem in today's society
-Demonstrates limited knowledge and understanding of extinctions- past and present day
-Demonstrates some knowledge and understanding of extinction
-Demonstrates considerable knowledge and understanding of extinction
-Demonstrates thorough knowledge and understanding of extinction
Reading- Thinking
Demonstrates critical and creative thinking processes by inferring to enhance writing
-Demonstrates critical and creative thinking processes (e.g., inferring) with limited effectiveness
-Demonstrates critical and creative thinking processes (e.g., inferring) with some effectiveness
-Demonstrates critical and creative thinking processes (e.g., inferring) with considerable effectiveness
-Demonstrates critical and creative thinking processes (e.g., inferring) with a high degree of effectiveness
Writing- Communication
Expresses and organizes ideas in an organized and logical fashion
Uses conventions (e.g., grammar, spelling, punctuation) and appropriate vocabulary
-expresses and organizes ideas with limited effectiveness
-uses conventions and vocabulary with limited effectiveness
-expresses and organizes ideas with some effectiveness
-uses conventions and vocabulary with some effectiveness
-expresses and organizes ideas with considerable effectiveness
-uses conventions and vocabulary with considerable effectiveness
-expresses and organizes ideas with a high degree of effectiveness
-uses conventions and vocabulary with a high degree of effectiveness
Application
Transfers knowledge and skills (e.g., concept of how to address extinction and a plan to eliminate it) to the writing task
Demonstrates the ability to make connections among topic (extinctions and why organisms face extinction)
-transfers knowledge and skills to the writing task with limited effectiveness

-Makes connections among topic, with limited effectiveness
-transfers knowledge and skills to the writing task with some effectiveness

-Makes connections among topic with some effectiveness
-transfers knowledge and skills to the writing task with considerable effectiveness

-Makes connections among topic with considerable effectiveness
-transfers knowledge and skills to the writing task with a high degree of effectiveness
-Makes connections among topic with a high degree of effectiveness