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Invasive Species Infographic: Research & Expository Writing

Grade Level Grades 11-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards, State-specific


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In this lesson, students identify, research, analyze, and evaluate the historical context and ecological impact of invasive species on nearby communities, and strengthen their personal sense of belonging and responsibility to Hawai‘i.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students discuss invasive species and choose an invasive they recognize.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students conduct research on invasive species' historical context and ecological impacts utilizing approved sources and take photographs of an invasive species around them.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students create an infographic and write an ”Instagram” post with a relevant, engaging caption summarizing what they have learned about their invasive species.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Identify an invasive species on the island of Maui.
  • Analyze the historical context and ecological impact of the invasive species.
  • Summarize their findings in an infographic and informative “Instagram” caption.
  • Create an infographic reflecting the historical context of the invasive species and its ecological impact.
  • Develop a call to action connecting the impacts of invasive species to climate change.

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Expository Writing Lesson _ ELA _ Invasive Species _ Free.pdf

Lesson Plan
September 7, 2023
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Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.


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