High School Science Reading: Are there Prions in our Milk? - Sub Plan

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Can be used as a sub plan! Good science reading at the high school level is difficult to find! Science teachers struggle to find lessons a substitute could help students do and here is a lesson they can!

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In this lesson, students will read an actual open access research article that I have adapted to a high school reading level! They will read about how scientists discovered prions might be transmitted through milk.

There is no specific vocabulary that your students need to understand first, but it might help if you explain briefly what a protein is and it is made of amino acids.

As more focus around the country is put on science literacy, I am working to improve my students’ science reading abilities by adapting literature articles, creating shorter articles at the high school reading level. This article is 3 pages long and is calculated by several online reading level calculators to be at the 9th/10th grade reading level. I purposely space the reading out onto 3 pages to give students room to underline, circle, and write in the margin.

I meant this reading to be challenging for my students. There are 12 text-dependent questions designed to engage and encourage deeper thinking about the topic.
When I work with my students on science literacy, I do the following in order:
First, I review some basic vocabulary words they have already seen and are necessary for the lesson. This lesson does not have any particular vocabulary required before reading.
Next, I read the passage out loud as students follow along.
Next, I ask them to read the passage silently to themselves and make marks in the margins, circling new words, underlining key ideas. (Each reading page has space on the right hand side for notes)
I then go through each question and encourage students to volunteer answers. I also have used techniques like think-pair-share to encourage more student participation.

I know as a science teacher, I often struggle to find a lesson a substitute can complete with them. This works as a great substitute lesson! Substitute teachers can read the article with the students and help them answer the questions. An answer key is also provided to help you (or your substitute).

Lesson Contents:
Pages 1-3: Reading Passage
Pages 4-6: Close Reading Text-Dependent Questions (12)
Pages 7-9: Answer Key
Page 10: Teacher Instructions
Page 11-13: Terms of Use and Illustrations Credit

This reading is based on the open-access journal article:
Franscini N, Gedaily AE, Matthey U, Franitza S, Sy M-S, et al. (2006) Prion Protein in Milk. PLoS ONE 1(1): e71. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0000071

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High School Science Reading: Are there Prions in our Milk?
High School Science Reading: Are there Prions in our Milk?
High School Science Reading: Are there Prions in our Milk?
High School Science Reading: Are there Prions in our Milk?