Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Genetically Modified Organisms: Are They Really As Bad as We Hear? (Day 1 of 2) - Section 3: The Classroom Flow: Time to Read and Annotate


The term 'annotation strategies' sounds very complicated but it is a very personal way for students to get into a text, break it apart for understanding, and increase engagement, focus, and comprehension.  What I like about this lesson is that GMO labeling is a great issue for us to use as a way to practice how to annotate using a motivating topic.  Because students are genuinely interested in what they are reading, they naturally gravitate toward strategies that help them understand their topic area.  I am finding over and over again that starting with a relevant text is the key to integrating Common Core skills in a meaningful way. 

By using an editorial created by the Scientific American board, I can bring in concepts of bias/expertise (are they the same?  is bias always negative?) which allows us to critically analyze what we are reading together.  I can also prompt students to refer back to the text for evidence to back up their claims during our spokesperson protocol group conversations and pre-writing activities.  

Overall, I have found the integration of Common Core standards into our biology classroom to follow directly from our use of discussion protocols, broad discussion prompts, and engaging texts.  Having materials available for use such as highlighters, index cards, post it notes, and colored markers and pencils also helps to support student experimentation with different ways to engage with a text and make meaning from their reading.

I'll look forward to hearing more about the ways you integrate the Common Core standards into your classroom life with students!

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Genetically Modified Organisms: Are They Really As Bad as We Hear? (Day 1 of 2)

Unit 4: Unit 4: Molecules of Life: Organic Chemistry
Lesson 8 of 15

Objective: Students will be able to participate in a close reading discussion of current scientific research and thought about the safety and benefits of genetically modified organisms.

Big Idea: Get your students ready for our upcoming organic chemistry unit food project with this teaser reading about genetically modified organisms!

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Science, Genetics, Organic and Biochemistry, Life Science/Biology, Genetically Modified Organisms, close reading, molecule
  50 minutes
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