Saving Endangered Animals

Lesson Overview

Students will use their voices to educate others on endangered animals and the actions we must take to protect them.

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Tips for using this assignment with your students:

  • Before Writing – Have your students read this article about the Endangered Species Act and discuss its importance before they begin their research.  When they are ready to research, the World Wildlife Fund’s Endangered Species List is a great place to start! 
  • During Writing - Encourage students to use strong words and phrases like outraged, unacceptable, or critical to emphasize how they feel about the animal’s endangered status and the importance of their suggested solutions.
  • After Writing - Share student writing on a bulletin board. Have students draw or paint pictures of their animals to create posters that will educate anyone who passes by!

Writing Instruction Routines

For more tips to guide students before, during, and after writing, take a look at the Writing Instruction Routines page.

Common Core Anchor Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.RI.10: Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.