Synthesising From a Nonfiction Text

Today we are going to work on synthesising. When we synthesise, we use determining importance and summarising to be able to add to or change our thinking about a topic, character or text.

For the next two weeks we are focusing on synthesising from a nonfiction text.

We need to be able to synthesise to show we understand what we read and so we learn about the topics within out texts.

To show that we have been successful at synthesising, we are going to complete the following about the texts we read:



Before reading I think…

After reading I now think…

The Darkling Beetle: Determining Importance

Darkling Beetle

Darkling Beetles belong to the family Tenebrionidae. They are a family of beetles found worldwide, estimated at more than 20,000 species.

Many of the beetles are black. Darkling beetles eat both fresh and decaying vegetation. Major predators include birds, rodents and lizards.

The larval stages of several species are cultured as feeder insects for captive insectivores and include the very commonly known ‘mealworms’ and ‘superworms’ and the lesser-known ‘mini mealworms’. Mealworms are commonly used as feed for reptiles, fish and birds and are so easy to find from supply companies.

Mealworms can be grown in a wooden box or box eight to ten inches deep. They grow best in a container with large surface areas. The sides should be smooth to prevent them from escaping. The mealworms are mostly nocturnal and prefer a dark environment. Some sand may be provided at the bottom.