Bioethics Research Activity

Grade Levels
9th - 11th
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11 pages
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In this research activity, students will be introduced to the topic of bioethics through learning about Henrietta Lacks. Students will then select (or be assigned) a bioethical topic to research. They will look into multiple viewpoints on the issue before constructing an opinion on the topic. From there they will outline and write a persuasive open letter using evidence from their research to defend their claims. This resource is an excellent opportunity to discuss the societal implications of biology with students, practice conducting research, and strengthen scientific writing skills.

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What is included?

  • 3 pages of teacher implementation notes, including suggestions for accommodating higher and lower level students (PDF)
  • 3 pages of student handouts (PDF)
  • 5 implementation slides (.pptx)

Why should I use this product in my classroom?

I LOVE using this resource in my classroom because it creates amazingly thoughtful discussions, and accomplishes the following goals:

  1. Gets students thinking critically by providing them an opportunity to practice making informed and thoughtful opinions.
  2. Practices research skills.
  3. Practices CER – making claims and defending them with evidence and reasoning.
  4. Allows students to see the societal implications of biology and how RELEVANT science is!
  5. Incorporates reading and writing skills in the science classroom.

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Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
4 days
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