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A Clone of Your Own: The Legal Issues and the Future of Genetic Engineering on Humans
Twelfth graders define cloning in their own words and examine the different types of cloning. After reading an article, they summarize it in their own words and use the internet to research the history of cloning. In groups, they participate in an experiment in which they simulate the process of bacterial cloning. To end the lesson, they research the most recent court cases and develop their own opinion on the issue.
Students explore the "Copy Left" movement, then analyze and discuss the key legal issues regarding intellectual property and copyright legislation in the context of global communication and the Internet.
Twelfth graders integrate technology into the research process in order to advance skills. The research is done using the internet and other contemporary methods like the library. The research is then analyzed.
A Parrot's Day in Court
Learners research the ethical and legal issues that surround animal rights cases; students use their research to act as expert witnesses at a university hearing on a hypothetical case involving a parrot dissection.
Feeling for Answers
Students consider the legal issues related to a suicidal or depressed college student by reading and discussing the article, "Laws Limit Options When a Student Is Mentally Ill." They write essays considering how the events at Virginia Tech should be used to amend existing laws or to add new laws.
Another Look at School Safety
Learners research crime and violence in their district, including finding out what has been discussed about safety and addition of surveillance cameras.Students conduct interviews and explore the legal issues involved. After all information is collected, they write a news feature or in-depth, explaining the situation at the school, giving all sides - pros and cons.
From the Cave Wall to the World Wide Web
Twelfth graders research the Internet and complete an assignment. In this investigative lesson students use the Internet to search out information, vocabulary words and answers to their worksheets.
Outdoor Classroom's for the '90s Student
Students relish in experiencing an outdoor classroom. Students sign a contract stating that they will follow the rules of the outdoor classroom. Students help to keep the outdoor classroom clean and up to date with all the needed provisions. Students experience all types of wildlife in this exceptional setting.
Legal Aspects of Tissue Transplantation
Students investigate the current legal status of fetal tissue transplantation, including current, legislation and court cases. They engage in role play discussion of a specific case study and explore the ethical controversies surrounding this procedure.
Implications of the Human Genome Project
Students study the Human Genome Project through classroom discussion and the video, Cracking the Code of Life. They research reports about the issues of disease, human health, and the ethical, legal, and societal implications of the Human Genome Project.
Students are actively involved in presenting some of the issues in implanting previously frozen embryos through a cooperative learning lesson. This lesson helps students to develop decision-making skills through discussing various types of assisted reproduction are currently available and under what circumstances this process may be used through role-play.
The Class Garden Essay
Fifth graders use a class garden as inspiration for a specific writing assignment. They conduct research into different types of flowers in photo images taken with a digital camera. Students write a creative essay and draw a picture to accompany it using drawing software.
Surviving the Teenage Years
Students examine how to survive the teenage years and beyond. They research and collect data pertaining to career choices, health issues and legal concerns. Students develop a brochure about how to survive the teenage years.
Legal Aspects Of Fetal Tissue Transportation
High schoolers investigate the current legal status of fetal tissue transplantation. Students engage in a role play discussion of a specific case study. High schoolers explore the ethical controversies surrounding this procedure. Students formulate and defend an opinion.
Students examine some of the issues that may be facing the changing United States Supreme Court. With further exploration, they formulate their own opinions and deepen their awareness of these critical topics.
Cell Phones: Immoral, Illegal or Just Plain Rude?
Students explore the various uses of cell phones. In this health lesson plan, students discuss the ten commandments of cell phone use and create a list of situations for cell phone use. Students view three websites that say cell phones are harmful and then search for websites that refute these charges. Students also compare state laws regarding cell phone use.
Discovering and Understanding Propagand
Ninth graders investigate the various types of propaganda. They select issues of significance to them and use the techniques of propaganda to design and create posters depicting the chosen topics. Students may use word processing, drawing and painting programs.
Media Literacy: Discovering and Understanding Propaganda
Ninth graders study different types of propaganda and select an issue that is significant to them. In this exploratory lesson plan students design and create posters on the topic of their choice and write a narrative describing it.
"A Day in the Life"
Fifth graders investigate the plants that are grown in a classroom garden and access the software of Inspiration and Appleworks to describe what is found. They draw a picture of the object in black and white and then write an essay without grammatical errors.
Conflict Analysis: Should the US Join the War in Korea?
Eleventh graders examine the involvement of the U.S. in the Korean War. In this Korean War lesson, 11th graders research why the U.S. became involved in the Korean War. Students use their findings to complete a conflict analysis chart.