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.
This particular article can be used with an ecology or transfer of energy unit. It asks students to visualize the food web in California, and explain what happens when apex predators are removed and then reintroduced, as well as ethical questions about human safety.