Socratic Seminar on Human Gene Editing

Students will use comprehension reading skills to prepare and engage in a whole class discussion (socratic seminar) regarding the technology to alter human genes.

By Mr. Melero
November 28, 2015
10th Grade Science
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Writing Prompt

Once an idea explored only in fiction, the prospect is now a real one. The inexorable rise of gene editing has put the technology in labs across the globe. The first experiments on human embryos have been done, in a bid to correct faulty genes that cause disease. Should humans take control of their genetic fate, and rewrite the DNA of future generations?

Discuss the keys points the article raises about the technology to edit human genes and the purpose of this summit in Washington, DC.

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10th Grade Literacy Standards in Science

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.

RST2
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.
SL1
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
WHST2
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
WHST9
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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