Genetic Research in the Media

This lesson is designed for an IB Language and Literature course, Year 1, Part II (“Mass Media”).  Students will connect knowledge from other courses while analyzing how language and mass media influence public perception of genetic research All lessons are designed for 90 minute blocks.

Students will have the opportunity to analyze their own views regarding genetic research and complete research on the topics that interest them most. The assessment for this unit will be an advertisement and written justification as part of cross-discipline project.  In their biology class, students will be developing a plan for a start-up business that relates to genetic research in some way and addresses a student-identified problem.  In English, students will create an advertisement for their start up that clearly communicates its goal and demonstrates understanding of the key components of visual rhetoric.

Michelle Hicks, 2014-15 Kenan Fellow

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