Species in Danger

In 2012, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed over 9,000 plant and animal species as either critically endangered or endangered. Another 10,000 species were listed as vulnerable. This reading set focuses on some of these species with both fiction and nonfiction passages.

Ava and the Loggerhead Sea Turtles

It would be dark soon, but seven-year-old Ava Barker didn’t want to leave the beach. She and her mother had been there all afternoon.  Ava’s father was at a business meeting, which was the reason they were in Florida. Ava put the finishing touches on the fancy sand castle she’d…

Mountain Gorillas

“Girls!” Rose heard her father calling. She raced to her big sister’s room. “Gina, Dad’s calling us.” The girls ran downstairs. “What is it, Dad?” said Rose. Dad put his arm around Mom. “We’re going on a safari to the Virunga Mountains of Africa. There are three national parks there…