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Teacher's Prompt: Waterbuck Theory


It’s Wildlife Writing Wednesday, and we’ve compiled some additional information for you as the instructor in case:

  • you want to offer any introductory discussion for your students before releasing the prompt to them

  • it is helpful for you in your evaluation/understanding

  • this understanding helps you to alter the prompt for grade level

The picture for this week’s prompt is a picture of a Waterbuck. The Waterbuck is an antelope species that originates from Africa. It gets its name from its special skin glands that secrete an oil, which emits a musky odor and waterproofs its hair.


PROMPT:

One of the Waterbuck's physical characteristics that makes it easy to identify is the white circle pattern on both males' and females' rumps. Some scientists believe in a theory that the circle helps these animals to identify each other and stay together or follow each other. Do you believe this theory? Why or why not?

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