Students often fail to make the connection between the science they learn in the classroom, and how it is be applied in the real world. This "Article of the Week" series follows Dave Stuarts's format and is designed to bridge that gap using real articles from reliable sources.
The assignment asks students to perform a close reading, annotations, and to use evidence from the article to support a claim. It also asks students to reflect - giving them a chance to interject their own thoughts and opinions.
I use this particular article in my photosynthesis and cellular respiration unit (go figure). Students find it particularly interesting, as it takes their class lessons and gives them connections to real life problems.