- Students will explain how corn production and marketing of corn affects
the world food supply.
- Students will describe the benefits associated with biotechnology
and new agricultural research.
- Students will describe how scientific advancements have genetically
altered corn species to increase corn production and develop crops that
can resist diseases and damaging pests.
- Students will explain the role of the Mississippi River in transporting
corn from fields in Iowa to countries around the world
- Students will investigate why corn yields, fair and open trade policies,
and transportation systems are critical for U.S. export of corn to the
- Students will identify, explain, and effectively use input, output
and storage devices of computers and other technologies (e.g., keyboard,
mouse, scanner, monitor, printer, floppy disk, hard drive).
- Students will access and retrieve Web-based information and practice
note taking strategies during the research process.
- Students will utilize search strategies employing keywords such as
"biotechnology and corn" when searching agriculture news sources
for current information.
- Students will take notes and organize a web diagram or Inspiration
type flow chart, then storyboard their presentation.
- Students will use a variety of productivity tools (e.g., word processing,
graphic tools, digital cameras, video camera) for communication, presentation,
and illustration of ideas (e.g., posters and multimedia presentation.)
Students will pretend that they are a team of news writers at KORN-TV.
The news director has asked the team to research information about genetically
engineered corn and the impact of biotech food products on the world's
Teams of students will research how biotechnology has increased corn
production to meet the demand for additional food and energy as the world's
population grows. Students will prepare a presentation for the newsroom
staff to determine if this would be a good feature story for the weekend
Students will present their findings to the class in a video presentation,
PowerPoint presentation or oral presentation aided by a poster.
Teams of students will complete a K-W-L-H
chart prior to reading the background information and assigning research
Students will read information on Web sites, record notes and source
information on note cards. Students may work in pairs or teams to organize
information that reports their research findings. Note cards will be used
to create a graphic organizer that visually organizes the key points in
the research information, and when writing the storyboard and script.
Teams will use a video camera to film a presentation describing the benefits
and problems of genetically engineered corn. At the end of the video students
will recommend whether the director should go ahead with this topic as
a feature story.
Each team will assign production roles and tasks such as:
- Writers - Compile the information and write text for the presentation.
- Designers - Design a storyboard or rough sketch of the presentation
- Graphic Artists - Design the graphics for the presentation
- Camera Person - Films the oral presentations
- Editor - Edits the video presentation
Students will evaluate peers' presentations using the following evaluation
- How well are the conclusions supported by data and facts?
- Is the argument convincing? What made you think so?
- If you were the television director, how would you vote after hearing
this presentation? Why?
Tips For Teachers
An extensive list of Web sites is available to students in the Webliography.
Students may need assistance in selecting materials that are most appropriate
to their reading level.
The videos may be shown again at a learning station and as part of Technology
If video presentations are not possible in your classroom, alternative
final projects might include a class debate, skit or mock news broadcast
called, "Newsroom - Your Say."
Ask an Expert Biotech Questions:
Mr. Mike Zeller, Biotechnology Outreach Education Coordinator, Iowa State
University phone toll-free in Iowa 1-800-643-9504, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Gary Comstock, Coordinator of Iowa State University's Bioethics
Program, phone 515-294-0054, or e-mail email@example.com
Using Graphic Organizers
Describes how concept maps and story webs assist students in visually
structuring ideas and relationships between concepts and visual brainstorming
tools for developing writing plans and problem solving.
Electronic Graphic Organizers:
Are They for You?
Describes how graphic organizers can be used for powerful learning experiences.
Gives examples of three and describes applications to the online environment.
The templates under the categories Language Arts, Social Studies, Science,
Teacher Planning, and Thinking Tools include bubble diagrams, tree maps,
flow maps, Venn diagrams, and other structures for students to use when
organizing information into an outline or concept map.
Planning a Presentation
Designing PowerPoint Slides
PowerPoint in the Classroom
for Teachers - PowerPoint Tutorial