1. Students have already reviewed the articles and
have identified questions and terms that they have researched
during the explore lesson. Now pass out the Clinical
Trial Question Sheet. Students will spend the next few
days using the information from the engage and explore
lessons, and from library research to address the sheet.
There are some questions that should be easily answered;
others may require more research, depending on the article
they are reading. Each group is responsible for answering
the questions to the best of their ability, summarizing
their article, finding two other references that help
them gain a better understanding of what the article
is about, and finally, presenting their article and what
they have discovered to the class. It is useful to tell
students that the questions should act as a guide to
finding additional resources.
2. Divide the groups by task- research coordinator,
secretary (responsible for the final writing
coordinator and sheet completion checker. Students
should be involved in each stage, but each has
their own task
3. Allow in-class computer time, and encourage at-home
research and discussion.
4. On the final day, have student groups come up
one at a time and present their summary to the
students that as groups present they should be
prepared to ask questions, as active student
on that day will be judged by relevant questions
by each student. Each student is responsible for
asking at least one question, and everyone must
a portion of their article or field a class-generated
5. After student presentations, ask them to write
a few paragraphs in their notebooks in response
is the reason that clinical trials are so strictly regulated?” or
to respond to the statement: “We should just have
human trials, animal research is wrong” or another
statement or question of your choosing.
the week, students will work on their questions, references,
and presentations both in class and at home. Each group will
also be expected to bring in one current article about their
area of study to discuss at the beginning of class.
their group topics, teachers can assess the students’ ability
to work together to gather appropriate information. Their
presentation skills, as well as the ability to listen
and respond or appropriately question new material can
be assessed during the presentations. In their final
responses to the provided statement or question, they
will be assessed as to their ability to incorporate the
new material in their answer.