This is a 4-page Word document - the first 2 pages are the assignment, the next two pages are the KEY. I created this assignment to go along with a website and a YouTube video - all awesome, interesting stuff!
The first part of the assignment, "The Reward Path", uses an interactive website at the University of Utah Genetics Learning Center. Students move through interactive and answers questions about the how your brain behaves when it needs something - like food, and eating a cheeseburger.
The second part of the assignment is a YouTube video, "The Pathology of Addiction", which is not only narrated but was created using beautiful, colorful imagery and is only about 6 minutes long - YAY for engagement and decreasing boredom! Students answer questions about the video and the questions go in order of the video.
The third part of this assignment uses the same Genetics Learning Center website above. This interactive shows different mice that are using different mind-altering drugs. The student 'picks up' the mouse, places the mouse in a chair which then analyzes the changes that occur in the brain while on these different types of drugs. My students can't get enough of this website! I show them how to use it first, which creates a lot of anticipation - getting psyched for some learning!
I created this assignemnt to be used electronically and submitted through a drop box such as Black Board or Schoology. I put red asterisks on the document wherever I need the student to add information - name, date, answer to a question. This way the student knows they've given me the information, and I can easily grade the assignment electronically because I'm always looking for the 'red' answers. The students completed assignment will look much like your answer KEY. This assignment can be 'pinned' to one side of the computer screen while the website is pinned to the other side of the screen for maximum efficiency when completing the assignment.
You can also simply print out the assignment as there is enough room on the doc to hand-write the answers. OR, you can remove the red asterisks and add lines for answers - a very simple process that sounds like it takes a long time but it really doesn't. Win Win - gotta love Word for versatility!