Medical Ethics

This Medical Ethics lesson plan also includes:

Just because we have the ability to determine an organism's traits through genetic testing, should we do it? Middle-school medical experts examine the ethical dilemmas in biotechnology in the 17th and final installment in a series of lesson plans. Scholars review cost analysis data, read about the uses of genetic testing, and form opinions that they then place on a colorful mobile.

54 Views 34 Downloads
CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the activity as the grand finale of a biotechnology unit
  • Extend the lesson by having the class research other genetic markers that can determine an organism's abilities or weaknesses
Classroom Considerations

  • Prior to the lesson, make sure students have a clear understanding of the function of genes and genetic testing
  • Gather enough mobile-making materials for each individual
Pros

  • Article is relevant and interesting for pupils in this age group
  • Comparing genetic testing on a litter of kittens to similar testing for humans allows learners to get a better feel for the ethical side of the lesson
  • The lesson focuses on supporting opinions through facts and data, an important Common Core component
Cons

  • None