All living things are made of cells, from the simplest and smallest unicellular organisms to great blue whales. Cells come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes (morphologies), and serve many different functions. Nerve cells transmit electrical impulses, cells of the pancreas produce the enzymes lipase and insulin, cells in the eyes produce tears, stomach cells are resistant to strong acids, cells in the testes produce sperm. All cells do have certain things in common, including many organelles and structural features.
II. The Task
In this assignment your task is to produce a brochure that describes a cell. A brochure is a pamphlet with words and pictures that describes a place and why you should go and spend your money there. You find brochures in travel agencies, restaurants, tourist attractions, airports, and anywhere people visit. Brochures describe places like scenic drives and the attractions along the way, amusement parks and their rides, tourist attractions, museums, libraries, historic homes and castles, and foreign lands with exotic sights just to name a few. In this assignment your creativity will be put to the test. You and a team of three other partners will work together to develop a brochure which describes either a plant or animal cell as though it were some attraction you want to draw people to visit. Use analogies which appropriately describe the features of the cell as the sights one will see when visiting your attraction. It is most important that your analogies make sense and relate to the actual structure and function of the cell organelle you are describing. An example would be if I were describing the cell as a factory I might describe the membrane as a double security fence with watchdogs patrolling between the two fences. The more detail and creativity you use, the better. You will be graded on your creativity as well as accuracy.
Your Brochure must include the following:
Sources for Information and Graphics
You may use your textbook or any other biology book you may find at the library. Magazine articles or Internet resources may also be useful. Be sure to copy down the references for any source you use. Graphics may be hand drawn, cut out of magazines, or drawn using a computer.
* You will have the opportunity to privately evaluate each member of your team on their contributions to this project. This will insure that the people who deserve the credit get the credit. Team member's who don't contribute will receive a grade that is up to two grades below the rest of the group.
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