Author: Richard Staniec
Penn Alexander School
Grade Level: 6-8
This curriculum unit is designed to have middle school students apply biology content knowledge to the controversial issue of genetic engineering. The students will learn the basic biological principles that allow for the various applications of genetic engineering, such as cloning, xenotransplantation, gene therapy, and genetically modified foods. They will examine the process for each application as well as examine all the ethical implications. Throughout the unit the students will examine and evaluate the research about genetic engineering and keep track of how their own opinion is changing as their knowledge base increases. They will use this information to decide whether to plant genetically modified foods in the school garden. One major purpose of this unit is to teach the students that, in order to make an informed decision about a highly technical issue that has an impact on many of their lives, they will need to have a high level of scientific literacy.
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