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A Kenyan Teen’s Discovery: Let There Be Lights To Save Lions
- Nina Gregory
In “A Kenyan Teen’s Discovery: Let There Be Lights To Save Lions,” Richard Turere explains his solution to an animal conservation crisis.Pair “A Kenyan Teen’s Discovery: Let There be Lights to Save Lions” with “NOAA’s Big Miracle Worker” to provide students with another text about humans’ efforts to save animals. How were the people in the two texts able to save the animals? Why do students think it was important to the people in the two texts to save the animals? What qualities do these people share?
Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous
- Robert Krulwich
In the informational text “Why Dolphins Man Us Nervous,” Robert Krulwich discusses dolphins’ intelligence and how it compares to humans’ intelligence.Pair “Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous” with “NOAA’s Big Miracle Worker” and ask students to discuss humans’ treatment of animals. In “NOAA’s Big Miracle,” Dave Withrow emphasizes everyone’s willingness to free the whales; however, we trap many marine mammals for our entertainment. How do students think humans decide which animals should be free and which animals should be confined? Does confining animals help or harm them?
Song for the Turtles in the Gulf
- Linda Hogan
In “Song for the Turtles in the Gulf,” the speaker reflects on the complex beauty of sea turtles, the connection between humans and nature, and the way in which human actions can destroy nature.Pair “NOAA’s Big Miracle Worker” with “Song for the Turtles in the Gulf” and ask students to contrast the relationships between humans and nature in each text. How are the NOAA biologists different from the British Petroleum man in “Song for the Turtles in the Gulf”? Choose a line from “Song for the Turtles in the Gulf” and explain how “NOAA’s Big Miracle Worker” proves that line true or false. Why is it important to have both examples of how humans interact with nature?