Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Mr. Moore's Cells and the Question of Property Rights - Section 5: The Classroom Flow: Following Up, Sharing Work

 

Over the years, this has been an engaging lesson for students.  They enjoy looking at the court documents and thinking about issues of privacy and patients rights that are relevant to them.

However, over the past three years, the response from students has been more mixed and I began to wonder if the idea was still something important to students.  This year, I saw that by shifting the format from writing only to one that included the option of video I was able to get back some of the enthusiasm from students that had been fading slightly over recent years.  

I also found that discussing the story of Henrietta Lacks involved more students into the discussion.  I am thinking that it might be useful to consider using her story as our central focus for next year's introduction to bioethics.  The book mentions the Moore case and then I could bring in those documents and ideas for comparison at that point.  I am also thinking that a culminating reflection writing assignment would allow me to continue to emphasize writing skills even as more students engage in the video option for the project.  

  Revamping Great Lessons to Make Them Even More Relevant
  Adjustments to Practice: Revamping Great Lessons to Make Them Even More Relevant
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Mr. Moore's Cells and the Question of Property Rights

Unit 5: Unit 5: A Tour of the Cell
Lesson 7 of 7

Objective: SWBAT to explore and discuss the ethical issues surrounding tissue research and patient rights.

Big Idea: Dig into history using real court case information, role play, and debate to get your students interested in the ways that science research and society continue to clash with and complement each other!

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