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Disease Research Project

 

Grade Level: 7

Subject/Course: Science

Unit: Structure and Function of Living Organisms / Disease

Enduring Understandings:

Disease disrupts equilibrium in living organisms.

The immune system helps the body regain it equilibrium.

Our knowledge of disease is continuously evolving with advances in technology.

Essential Questions:

What is a disease?

What causes disease?

How does the body fight disease?

How does technology increase our knowledge of disease?

Maryland Learning Outcome:

Students will use scientific skill and processes to explain the dynamic nature of living things, their interactions, and the results of the interactions that occur over time. 

Indicators:

3.7.3 Analyze concepts that promote or disrupt the structure and function of living organisms.

1.7.1 access and process information from readings, investigations, and/or oral communications

 

  TASK/COMPONENTS OF PROJECT/GT EXTENSION/LINKS TO SOURCES/GRADING CRITERIA

 

 

 

TASK                                                                                                        back to top of page

A local advertising agency, Advertisements R Us, has just received a large contract from the National Public Awareness Foundation for Diseases and Disorders (NPAFDD).  This contract involves the creation and production of a large number of pamphlets and brochures, which will be used to raise public awareness of the common causes and treatments of a variety of diseases that affect people all over the world.  In order to assure that the public is made completely aware of the dangers and preventative measures associated with each of these diseases, the information included in these brochures/pamphlets must include all known information regarding each particular type of disease. 

 

Your brochure/pamphlet must include the following information:

CAUSE -- type of disease/disorder; specific cause or source; how it is transmitted or spread

SYMPTOMS -- how a person feels when he/she is sick with the disease/disorder; duration of symptoms

BODY SYSTEMS AFFECTED- which organs/systems of the human body are affected?  How are these organs/systems affected?

PREVENTION/TREATMENT/CURE -- how can you prevent getting the disease/disorder; what can be done if you have the disease/disorder; medical specialist who treats the disease/disorder; medication that will get rid of the disease/disorder

PART OF THE WORLD WHERE DISEASE/DISORDER IS MOST PREVALENT -- is it worldwide? is it found in remote or urban areas? name specific countries where it is found and/or how many cases are found in a specific country each year; does it favor a particular climate? does it appear more often in a particular season?

WHO IS AFFECTED -- age; group; sex; and/or race that is affected

EFFECT OF DISEASE /DISORDER ON FAMILY MEMBERS how does this disease affect the family members of the person who has the disease

OTHER GENERAL INFORMATION -- such as: who discovered the disease/disorder; how it was named; other diseases/disorders associated with your disease/disorder; or any other information you find that does not fit in any other section of your outline

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PLANNING OUTLINEi

*   cause

*   symptoms

*   description of which organs/body systems are affected and how they are affected

*   prevention/treatment/cure

*   area of the world

*   who is affected

*   effects of disease on family

*   other general information

GATHERING GRIDS

*   ten research questions are stated (one per gathering grid)

*   information is gathered and recorded for all ten research questions

*   source documentation is provided on each gathering grid for all collected information

FORMAL BIBLIOGRAPHY

*   at least 7 different sources are sited

*   at least 3 of your sources were online sources

*   proper MLA form is used

BROCHURE

*   includes a title

*   is neat and well-organized

*   includes all required information about the disease

*   includes at least 3 appropriate visuals/graphics

GT Extension (Total - 55 points)                                                         back to top of page

In addition to the other components of the Disease Research Project, all GT students will be required to turn in a research paper about their disease. 

 

COVER SHEET (4 pts.)

*   title of paper

*   your name, date, and period

*   name of teacher

OUTLINE OF YOUR PAPER (8 pts.)

*   contents of your research paper given in appropriate outline form

BODY OF REPORT (35 pts.)

*   introductory paragraph is present

*   2 to 3 typed pages (double spaced)

*   includes all relevant information found through your research

*   concluding paragraph is present

*   appropriate spelling, punctuation , and grammar used

FORMAL BIBLIOGRAPHY (8 pts.)

*   at least 6  references are sited

*   at least 3 references are websites

*   at least 2 references are books

*   presented in proper MLA format

Link to Internet Sources

GRADING CRITERIA                                                                                   back to top of page

Gathering Grids/Planning Outline/ Bibliography/ Brochure/Total Points

 

Gathering Grids/Planning Outline (Total - 30 points)              back to grading criteria

Criteria

Possible Points

Points Earned

Ten research questions are stated (one per gathering grid)

10

 

Information is gathered and recorded for all ten research questions

10

 

Source documentation is provided on each gathering grid for all collected information

10

 

All information on Planning Outline has been filled in.

10

 

 

Bibliography (Total - 20 points)                                                   back to grading criteria

Criteria

Possible Points

Points Earned

A minimum of 7 DIFFERENT sources were used.

6

 

At least 3 (of your 6) sources are online sources.

2

 

At least 2 (of your 7) sources are books.

 

 

Appropriate MLA style used for EACH of your sources.

12

 

 

Brochure (Total- 30 points)                                                           back to grading criteria

Criteria

Possible Points

Points Earned

Brochure includes a title

2

 

Brochure is neat and well-organized

6

 

Brochure includes all required information about the disease

16

 

Brochure includes at least 3 appropriate visuals/graphics

6

 

 

Disease Research Project - Total Points                                  back to grading criteria

Assignment

Points Available

Points Earned

Gathering Grids/Planning Outline

30 points

 

Bibliography

20 points

 

Brochure

 30 points

 

Total

 80 points

 

Bonus Points (if applicable)

 Points

 

Total

 

 

 

Disease Research Project - Total Points (GT)                             back to grading criteria

Assignment

Points Available

Points Earned

Gathering Grids/Planning Outline

30 points

 

Bibliography

20 points

 

Brochure

30 points

 

Research Paper

55 points

 

Total

 135 points

 

 

 

Created by Carla Beasley

7th grade Science Teacher

Julius West Middle School

last updated February 28, 2002