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Ecology: Writing Assessment

Biological Science ~ Due:

Prompt Thesis Development

After researching the effects of an A thesis statement is a sentence or two in
invasive species or the loss of a keystone your text that contains the focus of your essay
species on biodiversity, write a magazine and tells your reader what the essay is going to be
article in which you analyze and present data about. Your thesis statement should state your
position on the question/problem that is posed
on the effects. Propose a solution to mitigate
and the reasons behind your stance.
the impact of removing or introducing a
species into an ecosystem, providing evidence Example Thesis
to clarify your analysis. In the Pacific Northwest, sea otters are a very important
keystone species that enables the organisms of the
Your Task environment to live harmoniously together. Removal of
Students will: the otter population in the area would result in various
1. Choose an environment they would like to negative environmental impacts including overpopulation
research in terms of impacts on biodiversity of sea urchins, a kelp shortage, and an overall disruption
of the ecosystem.
in regards to loss of a keystone species or
presence of an invasive species.
2. Find at least two reliable sources of data Works Cited/References
driven information on this topic (Wikipedia
Your paper must have a works cited page.
is NOT a reliable source) It needs to be separate from your actual essay.
3. Complete one of the following: the
You are required to use at least 2 sources for this
proposition support outline, thesis generator,
essay and cite them in APA format.
outline for a feature article, and/or QCEE
In-Text Citations
4. Write a scientific article addressing the
prompt above. As a writer, it is your job to make verification of
facts as easy as possible for your readers. A reader
Format Requirements should be able to quickly and easily verify
anything and everything in your paper.
 Typed, double-spaced, 12 font, Times New
Therefore, if you use a quote from an article,
Roman font, 1” margins
book, etc. or provide a fact – make sure you use
 3 page minimum an in-text citation to verify and give credit for
 Title Page – Title of Paper, Name, Class, that information. APA format in-text citations
Teacher name, Date should be formatted as follows:
 Separate works cited a. Book – (Author last name, page number)
page – 2 source  (Schwab, 234)
minimum b. Internet article – Whatever directs the
 Minimum of 3 in-text reader to the appropriate source such as
citations author name, website name, etc.

Presentation Guidelines
Please see the National Geographic
letter for your presentation guidelines!
Works Cited Examples
Book with One Author:
 Name of author. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location:
o Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal
publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
 Name of author. (Year of publication). Title of Article. Publisher, Publication date. Retrieved
from <URL>
o Bernstein, M. (2002). 10 tips on writing the living Web. Retrieved from

Newspaper Article (Print):

 Name of author. (Year of publication). Title of Article. Title of Newspaper, volume number
(issue number), pages.
o Schultz, S. (2005, December 28). Calls made to strengthen state energy policies. The
Country Today, pp. 1A, 2A.

Newspaper Article (Found on the Internet):

 Name of author. (Year of publication). Article Title. Name of Newspaper, volume (issue).
Retrieved from <URL>.