Students will learn about the history of genetic engineering by
researching individuals who contributed in some way to the science
of genetic engineering. Using this information, students will create
a Biographical Dictionary.
Assign a genetic engineering historical figure to each student.
1. Research that person in detail including his/her contribution
2. Create a dictionary entry of that person including name, pronunciation,
origin, definitions, picture, etc.
3. Put the entries together to create a class book.
Display the class book in the library
Alfred Russel Wallace
Hugo de Vries
Erich von Tschermak
Harriet B. Creighton
Evaluate the dictionary entries for understanding. (i.e., Does the
entry accurately explain how the person contributed to the science
of genetic engineering.)
Standard and Benchmarks
Standard 2: Understands the historical perspective
1. Understands that specific individuals and the values those individuals
held had an impact on history
2. Analyzes the influence specific ideas and beliefs had on a period
3. Analyzes the effect that specific "chance events" had
4. Analyzes the effects specific decisions had on history
5. Understands that historical accounts are subject to change based
on newly uncovered records and interpretations
6. Knows different types of primary and secondary sources and the
motives, interests, and bias expressed in them (e.g., eyewitness
accounts, letters, diaries, artifacts, photos; magazine articles,
newspaper accounts, hearsay)