Reflection: Lesson Planning Is It the End of Humanity - The Science Explanation - Section 2: Activity


It is tempting to stop this project after the creation of the infographic, after all they did include some reasoning behind their decision making and it is relatively easy to grade, but that would miss the bigger purpose of the unit.

In a PBL, it is difficult to gauge exactly what information students are uncovering as they work to accomplish the larger goal and it is the writing component that not only helps a teacher assess content knowledge, but also forces students to relate that knowledge to the project and leads to deeper learning (it is far easier to define GMO than it is to explain how scientists will need to use that technology to create your vision of humanity).

It is time consuming to grade these paragraphs, but that is really the most important part of the lesson and it is worth the time investment to really assess student learning.

As students are writing it is fun to bring up some of the ethical issues surrounding this element of the project.  For example, one group asked if instead of using artificial selection, could they just make a law so only the GM humans could reproduce (clever shortcut, huh?). I asked another group if there were specific skills that their first humans should have (engineers and construction so they could begin setting up the society) or would they just put these people into some sort of holding area. The more this conversation went on, the more troubling it was for students to think about the ethical challenges that surround this issue. Good conversations to have that will be further developed in their high school biology courses.

  The Writing Ties Everything Together
  Lesson Planning: The Writing Ties Everything Together
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Is It the End of Humanity - The Science Explanation

Unit 7: Factors That Drive Evolution
Lesson 12 of 14

Objective: SWBAT explain the science needed to accelerate evolution to create their redesign of humanity.

Big Idea: GMOs, cloning, artificial selection and natural selection: students explain the connection between these concepts and their plan for humanity.

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Science, ecosystem, Evolution, natural selection (Evolution), adaptation, natural selection
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