This is the third lesson of a 5-7 day unit on extinction and conservation, intended for an Environmental Science or Biology class. During this unit, students will: learn about the "Big 5" mass extinctions in earth's history; compare sources and evidence about past mass extinctions and our current extinctions; determine, based on evidence and differing scientific viewpoints, whether we are currently experiencing a sixth mass extinction; analyze new and innovative approaches to species conservation; and finally, write a 1-page persuasive paper advocating for one conservation approach. Resources are available as individual lessons or bundled.
This lesson focuses on analyzing contrasting arguments presented in two articles. The article titles have been included on the classwork, but I do not own the rights and am not posting the text of each article. The articles present contrasting opinions about whether we are currently experiencing a mass extinction, and sets students up to begin thinking about how they want to write their paper advocating a conservation approach.