This project is something I created so that students could learn about Mendel in a more self-guided and creative way. I've used it with both my regular biology and my AP biology classes. Students are asked to write a journal from Mendel's perspective as he does his work with his pea plants. I have them write their entries in a small composition book that I provide.
The assignment is designed to be used with the Miller and Levine Biology textbook, 2010 edition, but I believe it would be easily modified to go along with any text. You will have to alter page numbers to fit your textbook or perhaps allow the students to use the internet in their research.
I also ask students to define the vocabulary that goes along with the unit (recessive, dominant, homozygous, etc.) and to include a brief introduction that discusses Mendel's background at the start of their notebook.
This is something that would take 2-3 50 minutes class periods to complete. You could always assign it as an out-of-class project if that works better for you also. I like to allow students class time over multiple days where I might be teaching for half the time and then students can spend the remaining half working on their journals. The rubric for this project is included on page 2 of the download.
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