Draw students' attention to the key ideas by using posters or overhead transparencies.
Schedule time for preparation and presentation of Activity 9-1: Biotechnology in the U.S. Senate.
Review the big ideas of this section by discussing student answers to the Review Questions.
At the end of the section refocus students' attention on the key ideas.
Role-Play! Issues in Genetic Engineering Students in groups of five discuss the question, “Does scientific research, especially in the area of genetics, always serves the best interest of people?” Each student plays a role.
What Do You Think?'
Think of a plant or genetic condition that might be improved through DNA technology. Write a paragraph describing the improvements you would make. Also discuss some of the risks that might be involved in this genetic engineering project.
You are a United States senator arguing about continued funding for the Human Genome Project. Should the project continue to receive funding? If so, should the funding be limited to certain types of research? As a government funded project, should the project be required to make all of its findings public?
Gene Information Students imagine that it is the year 2010 and the Human Genome Project has been successful. They discuss whether or not they would like to be tested to see if they have a genetic predisposition to develop cancer and what recessive alleles they are carrying.
Explaining Genetics Students choose one big idea from the unit and design an informational cartoon, poster, or story to share with someone not in their class.