Students often fail to make the connection between the science they learn in the classroom, and how it is be applied in the real world. This "Article of the Week" series follows Dave Stuarts's format and is designed to bridge that gap using real articles from reliable sources.
The assignment asks students to perform a close reading, annotations, and to use evidence from the article to support a claim. It also asks students to reflect - giving them a chance to interject their own thoughts and opinions.
This particular article can be used as a hook to a genetics unit. Students are genuinely puzzled and interested in the idea. You can circle back around to this article when talking about crossing over, independent assortment, and fertilization. Enjoy!