Final Project

Research and Public Presentation


Students will apply knowledge gained from lessons within this unit and utilize the credibility checklist to evaluate information on a relevant issue.

Length: 1 hour

Students will be able to:

  • Distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Use a credibility checklist tool to evaluate online media.
  • Analyze information gathered or provided and categorize it as fact or opinion.
  • Form an opinion on biotechnology, genetic engineering and labeling foods from genetically engineered ingredients using the information gathered.
  • Write an essay expressing their opinions using correct form, grammar and spelling.

Next Generation Science Standards Addressed:

  • Disciplinary Core Ideas:
    1. LS3.A Inheritance of Traits
    2. LS3.B Variation of Traits
    3. LS4.B Natural Selection

  • Practices:
    • Engaging in Argument From Evidence
    • Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information

  • Cross-Cutting Concepts:
    Cause and Effect: Phenomena may have more than one cause, and some cause and effect relationships in systems can only be described using probability.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards Addressed:

  • Writing Standards 6-12, Text Types and Purposes (1) Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • Writing Standards 6-12, Text Types and Purposes (2) Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information through the selection, organization and analysis of relevant content.
  • Writing Standards 6-12, Research to Build and Present Knowledge (7) Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.