Grade 9-10 literacy in science: Using DNA to solve a crime

The unit that supports this Common Core-aligned performance task was designed to be used during a Living Environment Genetics unit. A narrower focus on DNA analysis may be used for a Forensic Science course. The final performance task asks student to read a laboratory investigation, complete the lab activity, and then write a lab report detailing their findings. More specifically, this final task asks students to write an informative/ explanatory essay, demonstrating knowledge they have gained about the science of forensic anthropology. Students must be able to determine the central idea of a text and analyze its development through the course of multiple texts and differentiate between relevant and irrelevant information.