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Genetic Engineering Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Get your budding scientists thinking with this lesson plan that examines genetic engineering. Students will watch a video to learn what genetic engineering is and see examples. Follow up with an activity to solidify facts.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'genetic engineering'
  • explain the process of genetic engineering
  • describe applications of genetic engineering
  • debate genetic engineering

Length:

  • 1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

  • Access to internet for research

Key Vocabulary

  • Genetic engineering
  • Recombinant DNA
  • Genetically-modified organism, GMO
  • Host organism
  • Vector
  • Plasmid

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1.c

Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1.d

Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.

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