NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Genetic Engineering
This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the 'Inheritance, variation and evolution' SoW.

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This lesson begins with a think > share > pair task for pupils to consider the definition of genetic engineering, once pupils have had a discussion about this the answer can be revealed.

Pupils will then be shown a video about the steps involved with genetic engineering, pupils will need to answer questions whilst watching the video. Pupils can then check their work against the answers provided and correct anything they perhaps didn't get during the video.

Pupils will then be given a diagram of the genetic engineering process, specifically using the example of the human gene for insulin being inserted into a bacterium. Pupils will need to copy the diagram into their books and choose the correct statements, from a jumbled list, to go with the correct steps. Pupils can self or peer-assess their work once this task is complete.

The next part of the lesson is on the genetic modification of crops, pupils will firstly watch some videos which outlines various viewpoints of the growth and consumption of GM crops. Pupils should watch the videos and note down any benefits or problems they identify, a class discussion can follow this to ensure all students got the important points.

The benefits of GM crops will then be highlighted to students with the aim to be used to feed the world's starving nations. After pupils have read through this they will be asked to come up statements that a collection of people might make about GM crops - an organic farmer, a charity worker for a world hunger organisation, a GCSE student and a GM scientist.

The final activity is for pupils to complete the exam-style question on genetic engineering, once completed pupils can assess their work using the mark scheme provided.

The plenary is for pupils to pick a task - either write a summary sentences including a list of key words or identify the questions for a list of answers.

All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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