Name________________________________ Unit 5 Graded Writing/Presentation Assignment: DNA in Today’s World NOTE: This “lab” is different than all the others in Semester ONE!! In this assignment you will summarize your knowledge of molecular genetics based on the lectures, labs, and activities completed during Unit 5. Your knowledge of DNA, genes, protein synthesis, and biotechnology will be conveyed through an expository essay in which you explain these topics through both writing and scientific diagrams. As you complete this writing assignment, assume your audience is a high school student who has just entered our class. You must explain the material in unit 5 to this student clearly and effectively. They are counting on you to help them pass the unit test! Your figures must be hand drawn. You may use your class notes (NO textbooks) as a resource as you create your diagrams and develop your writing. How to prepare: Take notes in class Complete online tutorial worksheet at learn.genetics and DNAi websites Text reading, notes, and questions Check with teacher in advance to ensure you’re ready! Part One: In-Class,Timed Essay on Gene Basics (50 points!) You will have 40 minutes in class to write on the following topics: Timed essay (40 points): _____DNA structure-describe the nucleotides, helical shape, function _____RNA structure –describe the nucleotides, shape, function (3 types of RNA) _____Protein Synthesis (DNA --> RNA --> protein)-transcription, translation, mRNA, ribosomes, amino acids, where in the cell the 2 steps occur. _____Mutations-Describe two different types and give an example disease caused by mutation. Required Figures (10 points) : ____DNA structure (3) ____RNA structure (3) ____Protein synthesis (location of transcription and translation in the cell) (4) ESSAY FINAL SCORE:_____/50___ Timed essay is on 2/28, Thursday (B-day) or 3/1, Friday (A-day) Part Two: Short Research Presentation on Genetics in the News (50 points) Research: oral presentation with ONE partner, or SOLO; no trios+ (3-4 minute time limit) Presentations will take place: B day: 2/28 and 3/4 or A day: 3/1 and 3/5 Topics selected from: Forensic DNA ‘Fingerprinting’ Stem Cells in Medical Treatment Reproductive Cloning of Whole Organisms Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture Personal Genetic Testing and Pharmacogenomics DNA Evidence for Human Evolution For your short presentation, include: Basic summary: what are scientists doing and how are they doing it? Who and when? When did this science begin? Who are the experts that invented the techniques? Impact: who benefits and how? Drawbacks? Potential problems? Visuals: are you just talking? Include diagrams, video, images, etc. Professionalism: on time, organized, visually engaging, verbally coherent, timing correct and adequate, etc……. Scoring Rubric for “Genetics in the News” Presentations category Content, the “what”– simple technique clearly described Content, the “who and when”names of experts who developed the technology and when Content, the “so what?”impact on society: how people benefit from technology; concerns about safety Presentation, the Visual Aids visual aids easy for audience to see, understand, and help audience engage with topic. Professionalism – on time, clear voice, appropriate apparel, obvious this is not first time through, 3-4 minutes in length Total Presentation Total Genetics Assignment: Possible: My: comments 10 10 10 10 10 50 100 Includes front page!