Human Body WebQuest

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Introduction:

    The Human Body is very complex.  The Human Body, as a  multicellular organism, is composed of several levels of organization that include cells, tissues, organs and organ systems.  Each smaller level combines together to make the next level.  Cells are the building blocks of all living things.  A tissue is a group of similar cells that perform the same function.  Organs are groups of different tissues with a specific function.  Finally, organ systems are groups of organs that work together to perform a specific job.  The Human Body is made up of many systems that work together to perform complex tasks on a daily basis.
 

Task:

    You have been a long time employee of  the Human Body Corporation.  You feel that your job is very important to the Human Body.  As an organ within the Human Body, you have been carrying out a specific task day in and day out in order to keep the Human Body functioning.  Due to recent budget cuts, the Human Body Corporation is considering having to fire workers.  You hope your job is not in jeopardy! You recieved the following letter yesterday:

Ima Cell

Chief Executive Officer

Human Body Corporation

22 Artery Way

Lake Neuron, NS

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

 

Dear Faithful Employee of the Human Body Corporation:

It is with sincere regret that I must inform you that your employment as an organ of the Human Body Corporation is on the verge of termination.  Due to recent cost increases, the corporation’s financial manager is considering firing of one of the human body organ systems.

In order to decide which body organ system will be eliminated, the Executive Board of the Human Body Corporation will allow the employees and managers to research the organ system and present the results as a poster to the CEO and convince her of his/her importance to the body in keeping the Human Body Corporation running smoothly.

Good luck – the company’s future “health” depends on you!

Sincerely,

Ima Cell

CEO, Human Body Corporation

 

    You need to research your organ in order to prove its importance within the Human Body.  Then you will write a persuasive letter to the Human Body Corporation to convince them not to fire you.
 


 Process:
 

A. Collecting Data

    Use the Resource Section of this webquest to research your organ.  Click on the links to help you answer the following questions on your own paper.  Your teacher has these questions typed for you on a worksheet.

1. What is the name of your organ?  Where is it located?

2. What system/systems does your organ work with?

3. List other organs that you work with.

4.  List the functions of your organ.

5. Describe how you carry out these functions on a daily basis.

6. How would the Human Body be different if you were not there to carry out your functions?  Cite evidence to support your answer.
 

Resources:
 

Click on the following links to gather data about your organ.  Be sure to hit the back arrow to come back to this webquest.


Thinkquest Human Body

Human Anatomy Online


My Body

Body Systems


 Kid Info on the Human Body

Gross and Cool Body (change the system using the drop down menu)

B. Organizing your information.

   Take jot notes and gather information on your organ. Be sure not to lose the question sheet that you received.  It will help you get important information.
 
 
 
Writing Task

     Write a PERSUASIVE letter to the Human Body Corporation to convince them not to fire your organ.  Your letter should be typed and in Business format.  Use your Writer's In Action handbook for help!
     Be sure to include the location of your organ, the major functions and describe how the Human Body would be different without your organ carrying out its functions. Also, remember to have an introduction and closing paragraph.


 

C. Writing your letter.
    You will have to type your letter in a wordprocessing program.  Be sure to follow the writing process:  you need to do your draft, revise it with a partner, edit it with a peer editor, and then publish your letter.  Your teacher will provide you with a rubric so you are aware of how you will marked.
 
 



Evaluation:
 

Your assignment will be grade using the following rubric:

Persuasive Writing Rubric

 

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SCO 8.2 Note Making Strategies

Student has used  (and shows evidence when handing in final draft) of appropriate note making strategies.

Student has used  (and shows evidence when handing in final draft) of appropriate note making strategies.

Student has used  (and shown some evidence when handing in final draft) of appropriate note making .

Student has not used  (and shows no evidence when handing in final draft) of appropriate note making strategies .

SCO 8.3 Language Choice

Student has used language appropriate to the purpose of this writing (ie: sentence starters, variety of sentence lengths, etc.) to enhance meaning and achieve interesting effects.  Student has given at least three detailed arguments  both for the topic, and addressed possible arguements.

Student has used language appropriate to the purpose of this writing to enhance meaning and achieve interesting effects. Student has given at three arguments both for and against the topic and has included some details.

Student has used  simplistic language  for this purpose of writing to enhance meaning, and has  not achieved interesting effects. Student has given at three arguments both for and against the topic, but they are lacking details.

Student has used language that is inappropriate to the purpose of this writing , so  meaning  is compromised. Student has given  arguments  both for and against the topic, but they are inappropriate or lacking details

SCO10.1/10.5 Research and Writing Process

Student has used a wide range of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading strategies which are clearly handed in with final draft. Student has selected, organized, and combined relevant information from three or more sources to construct and communicate meaning.

Student has used prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading strategies which are handed in with final draft.Student has selected, organized, and combined relevant information from three or more sources to construct and communicate meaning.

Student has used some prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, or proofreading strategies which are clearly handed in with final draft.Student has selected, organized, and combined relevant information from three or more sources to construct and communicate meaning.

Student has used a wide few of the prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading strategies and they are not handed in with final draft.Student has selected, organized, and combined relevant information from three or more sources to construct and communicate meaning.

SCO10.2 Conventions

There are few or no errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling.

There are some errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling.

There are serious errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling.

Serious errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling make the writing difficult to understand.

SCIENCE-  (204-1, 301-8) (302-4)

Student has thoroughly described how the chosen organ works, what system it is a part of and what other organs it interacts with, what it's function is, and why it is essential to the Human Body. Student has described  most of the following:
how the chosen organ works, what system it is a part of and what other organs it interacts with, what it's function is, and why it is essential to the Human Body.
Student has described some of the following:
how the chosen organ works, what system it is a part of and what other organs it interacts with, what it's function is, and why it is essential to the Human Body.
Student has made an attempt at describing a few of the following:
 
how the chosen organ works, what system it is a part of and what other organs it interacts with, what it's function is, and why it is essential to the Human Body.

 

 



Conclusion:
 
 

    After you have completed this lesson you should understand the importance of your organ’s job at the Human Body Corporation.  For more information, ask your teacher for more resources.