Thursday, March 15, 2018

Friday/Monday, March 16/19, 2018

Announcements and Reminders for Friday/Monday, March 16/19, 2018:                         
Don't forget that your Nonfiction Book of the Month is due March 21.
Spirit Week
March 16-20  Spirit Week! Monday is College/Sports Jersey Day.
Tuesday is Tacky Tourist Tuesday. 
Wednesday is Crazy Hat/Hair Day. 
Thursday is Meme Day 
Friday is Black Out Day. 

Targets for Today:
I can write an effective informational essay.  

Today’s  Agenda for Friday/Monday, March 16/19, 2018:

1. Prepare for typing the essay about genetic engineering.
    Check off your rough draft with Ms. Dorsey.  The points will be received only by those students who have their rough drafts/outlines ready before we go to the computer lab.
            Rubric for Genetic Engineering Essay.docx
    If extra time, read or write your book project.

2. Lab 224 -- Type up your essay.

Notice that on the BiologyWise site, the links in the right side-bar lead to more information.  

The Iceberg Principle of Informational Writing:
You study and learn so much about a topic that when you write or teach about it, what you know is much more than what you write.  Your writing is the tip of the iceberg that is your knowledge.  

If extra time, read or write for your book project,  or play grammar games linked from Google Classroom.

Today (March 16/19) -- Type your essay from the outline provided.
               Revise:  Add helpful information, especially elaborating.
Next time (March 20/21) -- Learn more about revising and especially about elaborating.
           BTW:  Your book project is due by the 21st.
The time after that (March 22/23) -- We will be in a lab to finish revising the essay.  It is due by the end of the period.

You may also work on this from home.

If You Were Absent:

See above. 


 Help and Enrichment 

Second Example for the Nonfiction Book Project

Links and Documents:
Informational GE Essay.docx  This is the outline for your essay.
13 Important Genetic Engineering Pros and Cons.docx  -- This is an article to use. 

If you have information from your science class that you would like to use in your essay, you are more than welcome to use it!  

For citing, explaining, and showing how a quote or paraphrase relates to your topic, see examples here:
Introduce, Give, Cite, Explain, Show How It Relates

Notes on the sources/stimulus material: 
From BiologyWise --
"capacity to grow on lands that are presently not suitable for cultivation. "
How else could you say "rate of growth"?
Engineered seeds are resistant to pests and can survive in relatively harsh climatic conditions. The plant gene At-DBF2, when inserted in tomato and tobacco cells is seen to increase their endurance to harsh soil and climatic conditions.

If you can grow crops in more places,  (harsher soils and climates) . . . .

Edible vaccines?  "Development of potatoes with edible vaccines for diarrhea, and cultivation of tobacco with antibodies for dental caries, is in the stage of pre-clinical human trials."  from "Greater Yield, Better Taste" 

There are both positive and negative genetic engineering.  Both are helpful.  Do you understand what they mean?   

What does this mean?  Are the crops allergic, or are people allergic to crops?
"Undesirable genetic mutations can lead to allergies in crops. "  

For working on your Genetic Engineering Essays:

Explaining your quotes does NOT mean just repeating what they said.  You need to ADD information.
Use your quotes or paraphrasing as explanation/elaboration on the point you are making.

Include the basics - who? what? where? when? why? how?
 You can add --
Facts and Statistics,

Use clear, understandable sentences. 
Effective writers give enough detail for their non-expert readers to understand.