A series of five engaging lesson to either be spread throughout the homeostasis unit as a progressive case study or taught in succession at the end of the unit as a review.
On August 18, 2016, Governor Cuomo signed a law reducing the age at which New Yorkers can register to be organ donors from 18 to 16. All New Yorkers 16 or older will now be asked whether they would like to register as organ donors when they get their drivers licenses and permits, register to vote, enroll through the New York State health plan marketplace, or apply for an idNYC card. In order to make an informed decision, high school students need to understand what organ donation is and why they are being asked about it.
In the set of lessons written as a collaboration between the New York City Department of Education and LiveOnNY, students learn about cystic fibrosis and organ donation through the eyes of a student, Levon, and his new classmate, Ava, who has cystic fibrosis. The series of five lessons provides an engaging, real-world context for the teaching of Living Environment content related to homeostasis and immunity. The interactive activities can be incorporated into the course either as a progressive case study, with the lessons being taught throughout the unit, or as a culminating set of lessons, providing review of material taught throughout the unit. Students have opportunities to engage with multiple non-fiction source materials, including infographics, blogs, video interviews, and texts. The final project incorporates structured group work as well as student choice in a final piece of writing.
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