MRSA Lesson Plan

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

If your class is studying about diseases, check out this lesson plan on drug-resistant pathogens. Students will use art, drama, and music to create group projects about these pathogens and design brochures to educate the public about them.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the characteristics and the causes of MRSA, VRSA, multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis
  • describe the role of antibiotics and natural selection in creating drug-resistant pathogens

Length

1-2 hours (plus additional time for extension activity)

Curriculum Standards

  • 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.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.

  • 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.RST.11-12.4

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 11-12 texts and topics.

Vocabulary

  • MRSA
  • VRSA
  • multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis
  • extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis
  • pathogen
  • natural selection

Materials

  • poster board (if a group selects to make a poster)
  • paper for brochures

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