This short reading passage describes the mitochondrion’s role in metabolism and the production of ATP. The presence of mitochondrial DNA may provide clues about aging. The passage contains several multiple choice questions intended to help students prepare for standardized tests that have a similar format.
The passage also aligns with common core standards regarding text structures and how to identify main ideas and specific details.
Grade Level: 9-12
Time Required: 15 minutes
HS-LS1-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text’s explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.