Students will pretend that they are a team of news writers at KORN-TV. The news director has asked the team to research information about genetically engineered corn and the impact of biotech food products on the world's food supply.
Teams of students will research how biotechnology has increased corn production to meet the demand for additional food and energy as the world's population grows. Students will prepare a presentation for the newsroom staff to determine if this would be a good feature story for the weekend show.
Students will present their findings to the class in a video presentation, PowerPoint presentation or oral presentation aided by a poster.
Teams of students will complete a K-W-L-H chart prior to reading the background information and assigning research questions.
Students will read information on Web sites, record notes and source information on note cards. Students may work in pairs or teams to organize information that reports their research findings. Note cards will be used to create a graphic organizer that visually organizes the key points in the research information, and when writing the storyboard and script.
Teams will use a video camera to film a presentation describing the benefits and problems of genetically engineered corn. At the end of the video students will recommend whether the director should go ahead with this topic as a feature story.
Each team will assign production roles and tasks such as:
Students will evaluate peers' presentations using the following evaluation questions:
An extensive list of Web sites is available to students in the Webliography. Students may need assistance in selecting materials that are most appropriate to their reading level.
The videos may be shown again at a learning station and as part of Technology Night presentations.
If video presentations are not possible in your classroom, alternative final projects might include a class debate, skit or mock news broadcast called, "Newsroom - Your Say."
Ask an Expert Biotech Questions:
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Visual Learning Using Inspiration®
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Electronic Graphic Organizers: Are They for You?
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The templates under the categories Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Teacher Planning, and Thinking Tools include bubble diagrams, tree maps, flow maps, Venn diagrams, and other structures for students to use when organizing information into an outline or concept map.