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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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
Students 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.
Students, in groups, discuss opinions about medical marijuana use. They form their own opinion about the U.S Supreme Court case involving this issue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pupils investigate the current legal status of fetal tissue transplantation. Students engage in a role play discussion of a specific case study. Pupils explore the ethical controversies surrounding this procedure. Students formulate and defend an opinion.
Young scholars 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.
Students explore the various uses of cell phones. In this health lesson, 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.
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.
Ninth graders study different types of propaganda and select an issue that is significant to them.  In this exploratory lesson students design and create posters on the topic of their choice and write a narrative describing it. 
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.