Reflection: Checks for Understanding The Central Dogma (#4 of 6): Transcription - Section 4: Closure: What did we learn? Where do we go from here?


I liken the process of replication, transcription, and translation to speaking one language (e.g. English) and learning how it sounds in a different language (e.g. French). Being multi-lingual myself this makes sense. Many of my students also speak more than one language too.

The trick is to learn the pattern of speech and the corresponding vocabularies. In the case of DNA, the Guanine-Cytosine pairing always holds true and is reversible regardless of the starting point. Students just need to master the idea that Adenines pair with two possible partners (Thymine when DNA is involved and Uracil when another RNA is around). This is like using "water" in English and translating it to "eau" in French (like the DNA-RNA conversation) or using "water" when speaking to another Anglophile.

Click here for how it looks once completed: Central Dogma: Student Review (p. 1 only at this stage)

  Checks for Understanding: It's like speaking a foreign language!
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The Central Dogma (#4 of 6): Transcription

Unit 3: 4) DNA & RNA ("Instructions for Life")
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: Systems of specialized cells within organisms help them perform the essential functions of life. (HS-LS1-1) All cells contain genetic information in the form of DNA molecules. Genes are regions in the DNA that contain the instructions that code for the formation of proteins, which carry out most of the work of cells. (HS-LS1-1 & HS-LS3-1)

Big Idea: The structure of DNA is a double helix. Its shape explains how hereditary information is stored and passed along to offspring.

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