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Saving the Great White Monster
to identify causes and effects in a nonfiction text; to examine the author’s craft
cause-effect; author’s craft
Other Key Skills: text features, inference, note-taking, synthesizing, text evidence
Quizzes and Activity Sheets
You may print and copy the activity or have students complete it on their computers or tablets. Click here for instructions for using writable and interactive PDFs.
This graphic organizer will guide students to find evidence of causes and effects in the article and prepare them to respond to the writing prompt on page 8.
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A list of tricky words that appear in the article. Includes definitions and example sentences as well as a practice activity to reinforce understanding. Click here to learn more about Scope Vocabulary.
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A printable version of the quiz above.
Read, Think, Explain:
Identifying Nonfiction Elements
Use our teacher-vetted, scaffolded reading activity to develop your students’ nonfiction-reading skills and strategies and prepare them for higher-level-thinking questions and class discussion. Makes great homework, too. Don’t miss our nifty Glossary of Nonfiction Terms—an excellent resource that students can use all year. Note: This is a challenging activity, so we’ve provided two versions. These activities are print-only.
Students write an essay relating a quote from John Muir to sharks. Click here to learn more about our contests.
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Behind the Scenes:
Saving the Great White Monster
Author Lauren Tarshis takes your students behind the scenes of her article, explaining her research process and how she chose to structure her article. It’s a great way to set a purpose for reading. Use these Video Discussion Questions to make connections between the video and the article.
“Saving the Great White Monster”
Hear the article read aloud. Perfect for struggling readers or as listening-comprehension practice for your entire class. Find more audio articles here.
Core Skill Review
Use this activity as a midyear review of this key skill. Click here to learn more about our Core Skills Program.
What should we consider when choosing what we eat?
Why is balance in ecosystems important?
How does fear affect behavior?
See how this text will challenge your students.
The article has a clear purpose: to inform readers about the decline in shark populations and how people are working to reverse the trend. The text also aims to evoke sympathy for a creature that is generally viewed with fear.
Nonlinear; the text includes second-person, cause-effect, and compare-contrast structures.
Language Conventionality and Clarity
Vocabulary: Contains some academic and domain-specific vocabulary, such as ruthlessly and apex predator, as well as figurative language and similes.
Some prior knowledge of marine life, endangered animals, and ecosystems will aid comprehension.
Connecting Scope content to your curriculum
Other texts that explore the impact of humans on the environment:
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Skills and Standards
Common Core ELA Anchor Standards: R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R10, W2, W4, W9, SL1, L3, L4, L6
NCTE/IRA: 1, 3, 5, 6, 11, 12