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Activity Description of "TearingUpTheAndromedaStrain"


Title TearingUpTheAndromedaStrain
Audience Grades 9 to 12. Biology, advanced biology, Applied Biology-Chemistry
Abstract An important issue related to Science, Technology, and Society is the development and use of biological and chemical weapons. News releases concerning American soldiers suffering from "Gulf War Syndrome" having in reality been exposed to manufactured toxins make biowarfare a timely topic. The Andromeda Strain is the story of an experiment in potential biowarfare gone terribly wrong. During our unit on viruses and bacteria, my students "read" this book using a cooperative learning strategy called a group intermix. The activity enables students to read a rather lengthy book in a relatively short period of time (2-3 class periods). The activity also facilitates effective class discussion of the material, since all students are actively involved in the reading process. What's more, it requires just one copy of the book to tear up. In fact, the strategy works with any book you wish to incorporate into your curriculum. I would like to thank Dr. Stanley Easton of Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, for introducing me to this reading strategy. Part one of the activity is adapted from "Tearing Up The Book" by Stanley E. EAston and Frederick J. Abel, published in The Clearing House in September of 1985.
Author Carolyn Nevin
Email csnevin@cybrtyme.com
Unifying Concept Evidence, models, and explanation
Science and Technology Understandings about science and technology
Science as Inquiry Understandings about scientific inquiry
History and Nature of Science Nature of scientific knowledge, Historical perspectives
Science in Personal and Social PerspectivesNatural and human induced hazards, Science and technology in local, national, global challenges
Life, Physical, Earth Sciences Interdependence of organisms, Behavior of organisms, Structure and function in living systems
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