Share the following articles with your students to explore more of the creative ways invasive species problems are being solved:
The Snake That’s Eating Florida
Journey into the Everglades with this evocative text—feature-packed article about the Burmese python.
Learning Objective: to synthesize information from two texts about invasive species
Close Reading, Critical Thinking, Skill Building
1. PREPARING TO READ
2. READING AND DISCUSSING
3. READING THE PAIRING
4. SKILL BUILDING
Choose one invasive species mentioned in the article, the sidebar on pages 8-9, or the news article on page 11. In a well-organized paragraph, compare that species with the Burmese pythons in Florida.
Should all exotic pets be banned in the U.S.? Write an argument essay answering this question. Draw on the articles as well as your own research.
Literature Connection: Other texts about environmental stewardship
“Conservation as a National Duty”
by Theodore Roosevelt (speech)
The Legend of Lucia Zenteno
The Race to Save the Lord God Bird
by Phillip Hoose (novel)