Genes, Environment and Genetic Complexity: Aggression in Humans

The highlight of this lesson plan is a 53-minute investigative video, Can Science Stop Crime?" The question asked is whether or not aggressive behavior is caused by genetic factors. The answer has to do with genetic complexity, the concept that many genes contribute to some of our traits. After watching, reading, and learning, junior geneticists analyze the bioethics revolving around genetic testing.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Adaptable
Classroom Considerations

  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Resource contains links to related articles 
  • The video centerpiece is fascinating and is a high-quality production
  • Many Common Core State Standards for literacy in science are met
  • Because the document is in MS Word format, it can be altered to suit your needs
Cons

  • None
NGSS