Science-English Research Paper: close reading / idea development activity

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201415 Science Research Paper Idea Links & Close Reading Questions, Claims

201415 Science-English Research Paper: CLOSE READING / IDEA DEVELOPMENT
Activity: Close reading of a variety of texts as a class. Exploring various source examples: 1. Short Reuters’ article, 2. Burger in a Petri dish article, 3. Are Biotech Foods Safe to Eat? 4. Editorial: Standing up for GMOs, 5. EBSCO: Nuclear Power, and others.
Purpose: Practice analysis of a variety of texts. Develop discovery questions in order to create arguable claims for research.

Below is a list of some, but not all of an endless number of ideas one could use to create an arguable claim around which to center this paper. Explore the list to begin thinking about what might interest you. You must be able to state an arguable claim and this claim must be connected closely to some aspect of science that has been approved by your science teacher. You will be expected to cite something from your science textbook. Also, remember that in scientific research, knowledge and circumstances change quickly, so therefore, you will want to choose current issues and support them with recently published documents.


China Rejects GMO Corn In Distillers Grains From U.S.; More Rejections Expected”

Reuters  |  Posted: 12/26/2013 2:30 am EST  |  Updated: 12/26/2013 6:28 pm EST


“Will Your Next Burger Come From a Petri Dish?” By: Amanda Fiegl National Geographic Published August 6, 2013

The first lab-grown hamburger was served this week. Is this the future of meat?


“Are Biotech Foods Safe to Eat?”

Most Americans have eaten genetically modified foods without knowing it, but are they safe?


EDITORIAL: “Standing Up for GMOs” Bruce Alberts, Roger Beachy, David Baulcombe, Gunter Blobel, Swapan Datta, Nina Fedoroff, Donald Kennedy, Gurdev S. Khush, Jim Peacock, Martin Rees, and Phillip Sharp

Science 20 September 2013: 1320. [DOI:10.1126/science.1245017]


TED TALKS “Open food source and genetic engineering” Michael Pollan 5-26-2010


EBSCO Title: “Nuclear Power's New Promise and Peril.” By: Tsubata, Kate, World & I, 08879346, May2002, Vol. 17, Issue 5

Database: MasterFILE Premier

Note the information on this page:
*Students read / listen to article and annotate it. (Discuss annotations.) They must also come up with five questions they develop during their reading. Then each needs to construct five claims a student might state in an argumentation essay for this assignment. (It must link the argument to science.)

Note some of the other debatable topics listed in EBSCO:


“Court lifts cloud over embryonic stem cells” But research on induced stem cells may be the real winner.

By: Monya Baker 15 January 2013


“'Rock Dissolving' Method of Geoengineering to Mitigate Climate Change Would Not Be Easy” Jan. 22, 2013 Science Daily


Journal Reference: Peter Köhler, Jesse F Abrams, Christoph Völker, Judith Hauck, Dieter A Wolf-Gladrow. “Geoengineering impact of open ocean dissolution of olivine on atmospheric CO2, surface ocean pH and marine biology.” Environmental Research Letters, 2013; 8 (1): 014009 DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/014009

  1. Science Teachers and the Dissection Debate: Perspectives on Animal Dissection and Alternatives

Oakley, Jan – International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2012 FULL TEXT


“Breaking the breast cancer code” Genetic mapping holds promise of targeted, and more successful, treatment

September 26, 2012|Susan Reimer The Baltimore Sun


Breast cancer: Why I chose a double mastectomy” 24 September 2013 Last updated at 07:38 BST BBC NEWS video


Quest to offer genetic test for breast cancer risk” Bill Berkrot Reuters Oct. 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM ET


Double Mastectomy Likelier With Genetic Diagnosis”


Genetic Susceptibility to Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Assessment, Counseling and Testing Guidelines.


NPR Debate: Intelligence Squared transcript

“Should We Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies?” by NPR Staff

February 19, 2013 2:39 PM Podcast


Bird flu researchers want to create deadly virus in lab” Dan Vergano , USA TODAY 6:11 p.m. EDT August 7, 2013


Environment Section (explore the list of headlines) The New York Times Dec. 31, 2013


Sterile Salmon – Reducing Environmental Impact of Farm Escapees” Science Daily Dec. 12, 2013


Saving Fiji's Coral Reefs Linked to Forest Conservation Upstream” Science Daily Dec. 17, 2013


“General Mills: Original Cheerios are GMO free”

By Aaron Smith  @AaronSmithCNN January 3, 2014: 8:37 AM ET


Could pigs produce human organs?”

2 January 2014 Last updated at 23:50 GMT BBC News Video


Scientists make 'laboratory-grown' kidney” 15 April 2013 Last updated at 15:50 ET BBC News Video


Heart gene therapy patient on new trial” 5 September 2013 Last updated at 18:15 BST BBC News Video


Evidence of Unsustainable Fishing in the Great Barrier Reef” Oct. 15, 2013
*Explore and search to see what ideas might interest you!


Lack of sleep increases risk of failure in school” September 23, 2014 Uppsala Universitet Science Daily


“Diet or exercise? 'Energy balance' real key to disease prevention” June 25, 2014

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)


“Diagnosing and Treating Sports-Related Concussion”

Focus on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Vol. 26, Special Edition 2010 Mayo Clinic


“Could playing Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' and other music improve kids' brains?” December 23, 2014

University of Vermont Summary: In a study called 'the largest investigation of the association between playing a musical instrument and brain development,' a child psychiatry team has found that musical training might also help kids focus their attention, control their emotions and diminish their anxiety. (Examine this as a thesis statement.)


How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins


How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need AsapSCIENCE 


How sugar affects the brain. Nicole Avena


Importance of Sleep : Six reasons not to scrimp on sleep January 2006 News from Harvard Health


Get Healthy, Get a Dog: The health benefits of canine companionship News from Harvard Health


A lengthy list of interesting issues to review. News from Harvard Health


Less Sleep, More Time Online Raise Risk For Teen Depression FEBRUARY 06, 2014 NPR

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