The Davide Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Can She Be Saved?

Two fascinating texts explore how scientists and conservationists are working to protect animals from poachers.

By Justin O'Neill

Learning Objective: to synthesize information from two nonfiction texts about poaching

Lexile: 1030L
Other Key Skills: text structure, analyzing the development of an idea, tone, figurative language, key ideas
Topics: Animals, Technology,

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Read the Paired Texts
Step-by-Step Lesson Plan

Close Reading, Critical Thinking, Skill Building

1. PREPARING TO READ

2. READING AND DISCUSSING

3. SKILL BUILDING

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For On-Level Readers

Why is poaching a concern? What can be done to “turn the tide” against poaching? Explain your answer, using evidence from both texts.

For Struggling Readers

In a well-organized paragraph, explain one way that the problem of poaching can be solved. Support your ideas with text evidence.

For Advanced Readers

Mohandas Gandhi said, “The more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.” What does this quote mean? How does it apply to the problem of poaching? Answer both questions in a well-organized essay. Support your ideas with information from both texts.

Literature Connection: Texts that explore the relationship between humans and the natural world

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird 
by Phillip Hoose (nonfiction)

Hoot
by Carl Hiaasen (novel)

"Conservation as a National Duty"
by Theodore Roosevelt (speech)

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