On Monday we will spend a some time looking at the story of Henrietta Lacks and the contributions she has unknowingly made to fields of science, technology, and medicine. At the same time, we will examine some of the bioethical issues that have arisen because of her story.
For Monday, read the following excerpt from a book entitled The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, written by Rebecca Skloot and published in 2010. I have three links listed below. One link is a pdf of the excerpt. Another link is to Rebecca Skloot's website. The third link is to an audio podcast called Radiolab that has interviews with the author and members of Henrietta Lacks' family.
I'm going to give you an opportunity to revisit your Yola site, and in doing so accomplish two things.
Let's look at # 1 first. The following list of topics are things I am requiring you to include as you add to your Yola Site. Most of what you will need can be found in Chapter 7 of the textbook. Although telling me about the Endosymbiotic Theory will require you to find other sources. Here are the topics you must address:
I'm going to leave part #2 a little bit open-ended and allow you the opportunity to include what you believe are the most important things you have learned about cells. The following is a list of topics or concepts you might want to include:
those are possible topics and I'm not saying you have to include all of these specifically. These are also review topics so this shouldn't take a lot of time to find information on these topics. Your challenge is presenting it in a
You will have Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to work on your websites during class. The work with your websites needs to be completed and an email sent to me by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 4th. My email address is email@example.com. Make sure you publish the changes to your website before then. In your email, please include the web address to your website. If for that is not possible, click Contact Me and include it in the message.Once again you will be evaluated using this Rubric. Please check the rubric before you begin.
Here are some additional materials to help you work through your understanding of Viruses.
Here are a few things you can view to help you get a better understanding of bacteria and archaea (a.k.a. the prokaryotes).
Hope these are helpful...I'm not saying you have to view them all in their entirety but they will definitely help you gain an understanding of the topic.
Information on Viruses coming soon...
DNA and Protein Synthesis Website Project
As an introduction to DNA and protein synthesis, students are going to do some introductory research into the topic and create a website/portfolio to demonstrate their understanding of the topic. This will be a website that students keep up to date during the school year and will in some ways act like a portfolio, demonstrating what they have done throughout the year.
DNA and Protein Synthesis Research
To create the website, students will be using a free website builder called YOLA. Students will simply need to create a username and password and then can begin creating a website in minutes. My suggestion would be to do as much of the information gathering as possible, up front, and then focus on the website towards the end of the week. Once you're comfortable with the content, you can focus on the actual website.
Requirements for the website
That's it! Those are the only requirements. I want to see what you can do when you aren't tied down by a lot of requirements and restrictions. You will be evaluated using the following rubric and the project will ultimately be due by the end of the day on Friday. This means you might need to do some research work, or website building work on your own time.
As an introductory activity students were asked to brainstorm all of the things they would find in the universe.
Students were then asked to work with a group of students to draw their best representation of the universe.
Lastly, students were shown a short video that begins to explain the Big Bang Theory and the expansion of the universe.
We continued our look at living organisms and the smaller things that make living organisms
Students also took a little universe pre-test for my knowledge and to see what students already know about the formation of the universe.
The notes and pre-test questions can be found HERE