Human Genetics Research Report
- Teacher: Bob Culler
- Subject: Genetics, Biological Sciences
- Grade Level(s): 9, 10
- Target Audience: Biology I, Genetics, Life Science
- Materials Needed: computers with internet access
- Class Time: outside class project
- Brief Summary: Students write a research paper in first person on a human genetics condition
- Student Objective(s): To experience, through writing, what it may be like to have a human genetic condition. To search the internet for information. To research a particular human condition. To learn about basic patterns of human inheritance.
- Integration (tying it all together): This activity can tie together
mendelian genetics with human genetics. It will improve communication skills in writing and through research using the web. The activity relates to social sciences as well as health.
- Description of Activities: Students write a 3-4 page paper using the www via the internet. They will be encouraged to contact a support group or foundation for information. The paper must be written in the first person so that students can better understand what the condition is like for the afflicted person. Topics included in the research paper include, description of the condition, frequency of the condition, frequency in a population, prevention, if inherited and possible treatment. At least three websites must be used and listed in the bibliography.
- Further Information and References: Project was modified from a workshop in 1995 through CRABS, Cleveland Regional Association of Biologists.
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