# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Agriscience Exploration Task 982286631

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Determine the importance of animals to agriculture.


Determination should be made by

  • defining animal science
  • identifying major uses of animals (i.e., service, companionship, work, food)
  • identifying products provided by animals (i.e., dairy, meat, fiber)
  • identifying terms associated with the animal industry.

Process/Skill Questions

  • How are animals used in agriculture?
  • Who is in charge of enforcing laws and regulations that ensure humane treatment of animals?
  • What livestock/production animals are important to your local agricultural community?
  • How is bee production utilized in agriculture?
  • What does the term "free range" mean, as related to the meat animal industry?
  • How can milk qualify to be labeled organic?
  • What new dairy products are on the market?
  • What is aquaculture? How does aquaculture production differ from traditional livestock production?
  • What animals are best suited for aquaculture production?
  • What health issues are related to farm-raised fish?
  • What is the difference between the types of milk (e.g., whole, two-percent, skim)?

Related Standards of Learning



The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts.
  1. Identify word origins and derivations.
  2. Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary.
  3. Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.
  4. Identify connotations.
  5. Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.
  6. Use word-reference materials to determine meanings and etymology.
  7. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.


The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.
  1. Skim materials using text features including type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information.
  2. Identify an author’s organizational pattern using textual clues, such as transitional words and phrases.
  3. Make inferences and draw logical conclusions using explicit and implied textual evidence.
  4. Differentiate between fact and opinion.
  5. Identify the source, viewpoint, and purpose of texts.
  6. Describe how word choice and language structure convey an author’s viewpoint.
  7. Identify the main idea.
  8. Summarize text identifying supporting details.
  9. Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.
  10. Identify cause and effect relationships.
  11. Organize and synthesize information for use in written and other formats.
  12. Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.
  13. Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.


The student will write in a variety of forms to include narrative, expository, persuasive, and reflective with an emphasis on expository and persuasive writing.
  1. Engage in writing as a recursive process.
  2. Choose intended audience and purpose.
  3. Use a variety of prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas.
  4. Organize writing structure to fit form or topic.
  5. Establish a central idea incorporating evidence, while maintaining an organized structure and a formal style.
  6. Compose a thesis statement for persuasive writing that includes a position.
  7. Clearly state a position and organize reasons and evidence, using credible sources.
  8. Distinguish between fact and opinion to support a position.
  9. Write multiparagraph compositions with elaboration and unity.
  10. Use transition words and phrases within and between paragraphs.
  11. Develop and modify the central idea, tone, and voice to fit the audience and purpose.
  12. Expand and embed ideas by using modifiers, standard coordination, and subordination in complete sentences.
  13. Use clauses and phrases for sentence variety.
  14. Revise writing for clarity of content including specific vocabulary and information.