In “Everglades Forever,” the
author explains several important
scientific ideas. For example, she
talks about the migration of
animals within the wetlands, their
various habitats, and the need for
water conservation. By thinking
about the relationships between
these different aspects of the same
topic, readers can understand the
author’s argument more fully.
The author includes domainspecific
words in her text. These
are words directly related to the topic
of Everglades conservation, such as
endangered, wetlands, habitat,
thermoregulate, and slough. Using
domain-specific vocabulary allows
textbook and informational text
authors to explain things precisely
and to show their knowledge of the
subject. Domain-specific terms are
often defined in the text. When they
are not, readers can use context clues
to figure out their meanings.
Protecting the Everglades
by Colin Diep
What would happen if alligators left the Everglades? In an
ecosystem, every creature plays an important part in keeping the
others alive. No part of life can be taken away or harmed without
affecting other animals and plants.
Alligators help create the habitats of other living things in the
Everglades. They dig deep holes, and the holes fill with water.
This brackish water, which is part saltwater and part freshwater, is
home to young bonefish and shrimp that other animals depend on
for food. Many plants and animals gather in these wet
alligator holes and use them to survive the dry season.
If alligators were to disappear, the life that depends on alligator
holes in the dry season would not survive. The birds that feed on
those plants and animals would have to find food elsewhere, or
they would not survive either. By protecting alligators, we can
help protect all life in the Everglades.