Instructions: You should be able to turn the above notes into a
well-organized paragraph or two (about 65-100 words) for a research paper.
Make sure you include all the information above, but also:
|I. What are birds? (Characteristics)
warm-blooded (1, p1)
but lay eggs (1, p1)
feathers: all have, only animal with (1, p1)
but not all fly (duh)
phylum: Chordata (w/backbone), class: Aves (birds)
9,000+ species (3, p4)
1/2 = those that perch (1, p23)
Elaborate: Put the keywords and phrases into complete
sentences. Add an introductory/topic sentence. Add a concluding sentence.
Apply knowledge you already have: Add information
you already know regarding the key words and ideas. (Like the fourth bullet
Cite examples and define terms: about the keywords
and phrases--Define perching, What else is warm-blooded? How are birds
like or unlike them?
Birds are unique from other animals.
The only animal with feathers (Smith 1), birds are from the phylum Chordata,
with a backbone, and the class Aves, meaning birds (Jones 4).
Every species of bird has feathers, but as everyone knows, not all birds
fly. (Think of the emu, ostrich, and penguin.) Birds are warm-blooded like
mammals, but unlike mammals, they lay eggs. There are over 9,000 species
of birds (3), over half of which are called perching birds. This means
they "perch" or rest on branches and limbs, rather than on the ground (Smith