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Science, Social Studies, Biology, Civics, English Language Arts

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For China's Marine Life The New Hope Begins in Hong Kong's Waters

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  • This article explains how Hong Kong's waters have been called a Hope Spot because of the commitment to conservation and wildlife protection.
  • Students will learn about the steps that are being taken to conserve the ecosystem, the collaboration between stakeholders, and their plans for the future.
Teaching Tips


  • This article is informative and has many opportunities for cross-curricular implementation.
  • This resource would fit well in a text set provided for student learning or research.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be fluent readers of non-fiction.
  • Students should understand the importance of biodiversity to an ecosystem.


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in language arts classes working on non-fiction reading strategies or social studies classes discussing the civic responsibilities of governments and individuals.
  • After reading, have students identify three key concepts from the article and discuss their thinking around them with a group or as a class.
  • As an extension, consider having students research other ecosystems that have been impacted by human activity and what can be done to help them.
  • Teachers can allow students time to look at images of any species they are unfamiliar with or research organizations they haven't heard of.
  • Other resources related to these topics include this video about human impact on biodiversity, this interactive map on global biodiversity hotspots, and this video about protecting species and various efforts to conserve biodiversity.
Scientist Notes
The resource spotlights the impacts of human activities on marine resources and biodiversity in the southern ocean of Hong Kong covering about 41,700 hectares. It draws attention to the importance of advocating for marine resources conservation and taking action to protect these Hope Spots globally. The resource is void of scientific misconceptions and is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Civics, Government, and Human Rights
      • 6.1.8.CivicsPI.3.c: Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media in a variety of governmental and nongovernmental contexts.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • HS-LS2-6. Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.CR.11–12.1 Accurately cite a range of thorough textual evidence and make relevant connections to strongly support a comprehensive analysis of multiple aspects of what an informational text says explicitly and inferentially, as well as interpretations of the text.
      • RI.CI.11–12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of an informational text and analyze how they are developed and refined over the course of a text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex account or analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
      • RI.PP.11–12.5 Analyze an author’s purpose in a text distinguishing what is directly stated in a text or through rhetoric, analyzing how style and content convey information and advance a point of view.
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