Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Genetically Modified Organisms: Are They Really as Bad as We Hear? (Day 2 of 2) - Section 4: The Classroom Flow: Time to Write!


I really liked the type of critical analysis my students were grappling with during this two day lesson using the Scientific American editorial article.  I can envision going further with this activity and using a drama strategy as a pre-writing support.  Students could either take on the roles of reporters and scientists or create a short skit for the class about the pros and cons of labeling debate.  Alternatively, we could do a pro/con activity similar to the one we piloted for the bioethics lesson on DNA sample collection.  I am finding that spending time on pre-writing activities in class is time well spent in terms of the final writing product students turn in as their assessment.  The more they are able to restate and refine their arguments verbally, the more coherent and sophisticated their writing products turn out to be.  In addition, I'd like to find more current articles about GMOs that allow students to gather information from a variety of sources that use a diverse set of writing approaches rather than the single editorial I shared with the students. This will give them more to think about and discuss and more ideas and highly regarded expert voices to consider as they formulate their own ideas and connect them to our science content.

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

Unit 4: Unit 4: Molecules of Life: Organic Chemistry
Lesson 9 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, Organic and Biochemistry, close reading, Life Science/Biology, Genetically Modified Organisms, molecule
  50 minutes
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