Informational Text for Secondary Students: Dolphin Conversations?

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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This informational text and subsequent questions are perfect for secondary students. This nonfiction reading response activity includes a link to a nonfiction article (about the scientific community's differing beliefs concerning dolphin communication), guided reading options, writing prompts, extension activities, and a complete lesson plan.

This nonfiction reading response activity will allow students to practice responding in a mature way to nonfiction.

This nonfiction article is high interest for students interested in science. As a warning: the article speaks of evolution as a scientific theory. This article may not work in all schools.

(The preview for this nonfiction reading response includes pages three and four of the lesson plan.)


→Detailed lesson plans for the article and writing assignment. Includes the link to the article (and extension activities).

→Ten questions specific to the article and an alternative set of questions (for differentiation).

→Instructional sheets for the students for crafting a mature nonfiction reading response. Two potential writnig prompts are included.

→A rubric for grading written responses.

I marked the standards I meet with this informational text activity.

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Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write and edit work so that it conforms to the guidelines in a style manual (e.g., MLA Handbook, Turabian’s Manual for Writers) appropriate for the discipline and writing type.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning.


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