Apr. 12th, 2010

Tomorrow's lesson for my College Prep Biology Class:

In 35 minutes, you must create a small-scale project that shows your understanding of transcription. Your project may be a presentation, a poem, a poster, a picture of a tattoo, a skit… Anything you can create in 35 min.

The rules:
1. You may work in groups of 1-3.
2. You must illustrate or explain the following concepts:
a. RNA is different from DNA in structure and function
b. RNA is similar to DNA
c. Base Pair rules
d. The process of transcription
e. RNA polymerase’s role in making RNA
3. You must be able to explain how your project relates to transcription.
4. You must work on your project for the entire 35 min.
5. You will present your project at the end of class.
6. YOUR PROJECT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT. It just needs to follow rules 1-5.

I plan on using the warm-up activity as way to brainstorm ideas and allow students to choose their groups with people who are like-minded. As an additional motivator, I'm considering bringing in some sort of treat to award to the project that was most creative - perhaps letting the students vote on it.

It will be quick, fun, and fast, providing I can sell it to the students correctly. I'm presenting this idea 5th period, which starts at 1:05. Any last-minute feedback?

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