Grade 8 science: Genetic modification of organisms

This unit contains a series of relevant educational resources on genetic modification of organisms (GMO). It includes a culminating task and instructional supports aligned to the Common Core standards (CCLS). The task is embedded in a 3‐4 week unit which falls at the end of the unit on Genetics. The bundle is in alignment with the NYS Intermediate Level Science: Core Curriculum Standard 4 – The Living Environment (Performance Indicators: 2.1a, 2.1b, 2.2a, and 3.1c). The STEM task assesses students' knowledge about genetic modification and their ability to write a five-­paragraph argumentative essay analyzing its significance, ethics, and impact on society, arguing whether it should be continued and/or regulated.