BIOLOGY CURRENT EVENT 2019-2020
Science is the discovery of new information. Many things, including values of society, personal beliefs, laws, politics and economics can determine how new information is used. In this assignment you will explore printed media and discover new scientific data and see how that data is being used and interpreted.
§ Choose an article from a scientific journal or the internet that relates to BIOLOGY. An excellent source of scientific articles is Science Daily.
§ Write a one paragraph summary of the article in your own words.
§ Write one paragraph stating your opinion or reaction to the article. See the rubric below for suggested discussion topics.
§ Include the title of the article, the source, and the date.
§ You have one month to complete this assignment so do not wait until the last minute to submit!! Computer issues are not an excuse for late papers.
§ You will present your article to the class.
ARTICLE DUE DATES
Grades are determined by:
Name and block number (1), title of article (1), source (1), and date (1) = (5 points)
Credit the Author! Use a reference citation for the article similar to a bibliography. The web address is not a proper citation! (HONORS ONLY)
Author (date of publication) Title of the Article, Source, Volume, page number.
Jones, K. (1997) Discrimination of Two Aspects of Cognitive-Social Intelligence from Academic Intelligence, Journal of Educational Psychology. 89, 486-497
If you find an article online this is how you would cite the author:
Benton Foundation (1998). Losing ground bit by bit: Low-income communities in the information age [Electronic version]. Retrieved June 27, 2001, from http://www.benton.org/library/Low-Income/two.html
Oral presentation: topic fully explained, spoke loud enough, knowledge of article (5)
Summary explains key details of article (minimum of 7 sentences) = (20) (<7 sentences -5 points)
Sentences should be high school level and repeated sentences will not count.
Opinion paragraph (minimum of 7 sentences) = (20) (<7 sentences minus 10 points)
These are suggested questions to get you started. PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS BY ROTE, THEY ARE ONLY SUGGESTIONS TO MAKE YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR ARTICLE.
- Is the article related to topics covered in class?
- Is the article biased in any way? Is the author trying to convince the reader to agree with him/her?
- Do your personal beliefs influence the way this information should be used?
- Will this information affect you personally or someone in your family?
- Who is going to benefit from the research in your article? Will all people have equal access to this information? Will this new information benefit many people or just a few?
- If a new technology is developed, will new laws need to be made to protect citizens?
- Your personal opinion whether you liked or disliked the article should be supported by statements from the article (whether pro or con).
- Did the scientist/author follow the scientific method?
- Where did the author get the information that is included in the article? If you are using Science Daily look for the story source or journal reference.
Make sure your article relates to BIOLOGY – make that connection!!
Rude behavior while your classmates are presenting = Friday school