Encounters 8


In addition to completing ThinkCERCA reading/writing modules,

you will be researching endangered animals or climate concerns. 

Project Links and Important Information




  • To research the importance of saving your endangered species

  • To persuade others through the use of media including, but not limited to, your research paper and website.

1. Student Biography (example)

    - 200-300 words (30 pts)

    - Grammar, Punctuation, etc (10 pts)

    - Voice (10 pts)

    - 3rd person POV (10 pts)

    - Personal History (10 pts)

    - Recent Accomplishments (10 pts)

    - Goals (10 pts)

    - Hobbies, Interests, and Talents (10 pts)

2. Research Poem 

  • Brainstorm any/everything you want to include.

  • Do a free write…even if it begins in paragraph form…you can convert it to poetic form later.

  • 12 pt. / Times New Roman

  • Use 1st person Point of View (from the perspective of a person, invention, movement, idea).

  • Include AT LEAST 10 facts from research.

  • Include AT LEAST 28 lines; feel free to use stanza!

  • Include AT LEAST 5 examples of literary devices (metaphor, simile, hyperbole, personification, onomatopoeia, pun, dialogue, alliteration, etc…) 

  • Your poem should have a rhythm to it so it doesn’t “sound” like a paragraph.

  • Create a creative title (pun, alliteration, etc. may help).

  • Include a vast expanse of research or focus on something specific

3. Your paper must have at least 1,250 words (five typed pages), but no more than 1,500 words.

4. Sample Outline


Notice how this example introduction goes from its broad hook to the narrow thesis.


          The Amazon rainforest is home to many unique animals and plants. Even though this biome has a rich biodiversity, many of its species are considered endangered because of the ongoing developmental activities that have significantly reduced the number of animals and plants in this habitat. The Poison Dart Frog, for example, is one of the rarest amphibians on earth and is only found in the Amazon rainforest. They are considered endangered because their natural habitat is at risk of massive destruction. Efforts must be made to protect the Poison Dart Frog because if it becomes extinct, the spiders, ants, termites, and many other insects it feeds upon will become over populated which can cause further harm to the environment.

      I. Introduction (Hook, transition, thesis [SOaR]) 

     II. Description

          A. Common name as well as scientific name

          B. Size and physical description of the organism

     III. Habitat

          A. Where in the world does your animal live? Be specific.

          B. Describe its habitat.

          C. Is your animal's habitat in danger? If so, why?

          D. Any adaptations that the species has that enables it to lives in its habitat


     IV. Food

          A. What does your animal eat?

          B. How does it find or catch its food? Does it hunt in a pack or solo?

          C. Is your animal the prey of any other animal?

     V. Reproduction

          A. How many babies does your animal have?

          B. When/ Where does she have them?

          C. Does your animal's reproductive "situation" have anything to do with it endangered status?

     VI. Issues

          Explain why your species is endangered and at what level (critically endangered, endangered, threatened etc).

          What is the current status of the species in the wild? In captivity?


     VII. Preservation Plan

          Explain why this species should be preserved. (EXAMPLE: If this species were to go extinct, how will it affect the

          habitat/food web where it is found?) What other factors must be considered when making decisions about this

          species. Support your statements with factual information, not emotional reactions.

      VII. Conclusion

          What is being done or can be done or should be done regarding your endangered species? In some cases, wildlife

          preserves may be an option. In other cases, negotiations with industries or other segments of society may be

          called for. Sometimes, it may appear that the species is not worth saving because the cost of preservation is

          greater than the cost of extinction.

5. Sample Paper  (1,245 words)

6. Taking Notes (follow link, scroll down)


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