Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Inheriting Disease: Are You At-Risk? - Section 5: Elaborate


Open-ended questions such as those that drive the Socratic Seminar instructional method invite students to step back from the lesson’s details to consider its broader implications as well as provides an avenue for students to apply and extend their thinking. I often begin Socratic Seminars by asking students to identify the most important or the most interesting idea they learned as a result of completing the lesson and compose questions of which then are used to drive our discussion.

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Inheriting Disease: Are You At-Risk?

Unit 6: DNA and Detectives: Applications of Genetic Testing
Lesson 5 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to explore the relationship between genetic variation and environmental factors in the onset of heart disease. Students will also consider the implications of increased knowledge about genetic variation for disease prevention.

Big Idea: Most diseases have both a genetic and environmental components; certain behaviors can increase or reduce a person’s risk of experiencing certain medical outcomes.

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