Sunday, February 14, 2010

H1N1 Homework

In moving from genetics to organisms, we did a little reading on H1N1: a virus (packaged DNA) that affects humans. We also are taking a look at the difference between "what we know" and "what we think we know" as part of a scientific literacy example
Here's the assignment that is due on Friday Feb 19.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


This week is a wash of CAHSEE tests, field trips and parent conferences. Class time is significantly reduced. As a result, we will be completing one lab, (the final lab) and reviewing for the test that will be Monday/ Tuesday Feb 8/9.
All updated class notes are available right here:
Previously posted:

New post:

Friday, January 22, 2010

Back at it, S2

Semester 1 was a success, with 61% of students earning an A or B. Pretty good for a hard class.
Semester 2 began today with the introduction of pf the pBLU genetic engineering lab. In this extended lab, students are challenged to genetically modify E. Coli bacteria. We will test the bacteria to see if it worked. This is a challenging experiment using specific techniques. It requires serious attention to detail, and serious study time.
The attached notes explain some of what we read in class.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


We have completed the Scientific Literacy paper. Your revisions must be done by Friday Jan 15 in order to upload the papers to your digital archive.
Success Day: the only acceptable thing for seniors is a late reflection or a late paper. No late homework from 2009.
Final Exam. Attached is the review guide. Everything on the review guide is on the final.
And here's the review guide vocabulary we made on Friday:

Friday, November 20, 2009

Science Lit (Genetics) papers

Nothing new to say, just reminding everyone that this paper has been the focus of our class for the last few weeks, and will continue to be such for the next 2 academic weeks. A first draft is due on Tues Dec 1, and the final due date is Fri Dec 11. These dates are printed on the student calendar that went out Oct 30.
All support docs are posted on Oct 30 (see below)
Questions? e-mail me:

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Posted here is the large outline that is due on Wed Nov 11. All due dates are on the student calendar


Friday, October 30, 2009

Research paper materials

Here's a pile of handouts that scaffold the research paper.
The project overview explains what is expected (defines the assignment)
The calendar explains what happens when.
How to research explain just that.
The source evaluations help you decide if a website is credible (good; believable)