Reflection: High Expectations To GMO or not? That is the question... (Day #2 of 3) - Section 4: Closure: What did we learn? Where do we go from here?


At this juncture, students will have had multiple opportunities for input; in other words, their notion of GMOs will have increased by way of the TED talk and GMO article.

Here are some excerpts of student responses to the question, "What are several pros and cons to the use of GMOs?"


-(GM) Plants can be drought tolerance

-Produce own pesticide

-Pest resistance

-Disease resistance

-Edible vaccines


-Unintended harm to other organism

-Reduced effectiveness of pesticide

-May cause allergies

-Unknown effects on human health

-Long process

These responses, and others like them will serve as the basis for forming a full fledged argument pertaining to the use of GMOs in tomorrows finale lesson. Baby steps. Simple to complex!

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To GMO or not? That is the question... (Day #2 of 3)

Unit 5: 5) Genetic Engineering
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: Students will make and defend a claim stating their position (i.e. argue) regarding the creation and use of genetically modified organisms with consideration of its pros and cons.

Big Idea: Biotechnology (and genetic engineering in particular) can produce changes that are helpful or harmful.

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Science, annotation, Genetics, GMOs, point of view, Genetic Engineering, argument, engineering
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