DNA Informational Text | Printable and Digital

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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  • Google Apps™
9 pages
Includes Google Apps™
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This free DNA Informational Text reading is based on Watson and Crick's famous one-page article published in 1953 in Nature magazine, announcing their discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule. It comes with graphic organizers to help your students read and understand this classic scientific paper. Choose to use the traditional printable version, or the paperless, digital Google Apps version. Both Google Slides and Google Forms versions are included.

This is a fantastic way to implement the Common Core State Standards of reading informational text into your science curriculum. Students will read the one-page paper and complete a 4-page set of graphic organizers. Each graphic organizer page can be used alone or in combination with the other pages.

This article and accompanying graphic organizers are perfect for:

  • Classwork or homework assignment.
  • A quick and ready lesson for your substitute folder.
  • Early finishers.
  • Any Common Core lesson on information text.

Included in this product:

  • Watson and Crick Paper
  • Copyright Information
  • Teacher Guide and Instructions for Use
  • Printable Four-page Set of Graphic Organizers
  • Teacher Answer Key
  • Paperless Digital Version for use in Google Drive, Google Classroom, and /or Microsoft OneDrive
  • Google Slides Version (not editable)
  • Google Forms Version (editable)

If you are implementing Common Core State Standards into your class, this is a marvelous (and short!) piece of informational text to use with your students.

The graphic organizers look best when printed in color, but print perfectly fine if you print using the grayscale setting on your printer.

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Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
55 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.


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