Student Expectations
How Will I Meet This Expectation?
How Did I Meet This Expectation?
Demonstrate ability to
evaluate sources of
biology information on
the internet

I will use credible, valid and recently updated sources and look at other peoples sources to see if they are credible or not.
When searching for post subjects I only used websites that I could find the author and find the date it was updated. I also looked for websites that did not have any adds on them and I used websites written and reviewed by scientists. I also used these sources for my post; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080522120610.htm
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090212133209.htm
http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/G/genetic_recombination.html
Demonstrate an ability
to read and understand
current biology news
I will look at different sites and write about the credibility of the sites information and how recent they have been updated. I will also look at the author and see if any valid people or groups have reviewed the site too.
I made sure that all of my sources were updated and that the author(s) were credible. I also made sure I knew what ever word meant in all of the information that I read so I could write a interesting post that had correct information in it. At first I did not know what some informatrion meant so I did further reasearch on it and found out what the information meant.
Demonstrate proper
use of online resources

I will make sure to evaluate the website before taking information from it and I will also supply hyperlinks to all of the websites I take information from. I will not alter any information from websites or take any information and not site were I got it from.
I looked at my peers sources and made sure that they were all credible and valid. I also looked for the date and author and made sure that the websites did not have adds or anything on them. I cirtiqued Aimee's website because it was not credible and it had too many adds on it.I also commented on Louis'spost. For the sourses that I used, I looked for websites that have been reviewed by many scientists like;
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080522120610.htm
Publish work that is
available for peer-review
I will create posts for people to comment on and review and I will comment on my peer's work too.
I have posted a post about DNA strands breaking on my wiki and I will post it on the blog for others to read.
Discuss published work
with a practicing biologist
in that particular field

I could send my posts to biologists that also have blogs and she if they will comment back on my post. I can also comment on their posts and information.
I have looked for scientists on the internet who are researching DNA and topics that I wrote about on my blog.
Provide constructive
peer-review to
classmates
I will give creative ideas to people and give them constructive criticism if they need it.
I looked over a lot of my peers work and have told them on their wiki or have talked to them around school. I reviewed Louis's post about saving the bay,and Aimee's post about how sleep affects peoples health.
Discuss in-class
assignments

I will try to write posts on topics that are related to what we are currently doing in our 9th biology class and by reviewing other peoples post and comments I will be well informed to discuss different topics in class and do well.
I wrote a post about DNA which is what we covered for a large part of the trimester.
Apply creativity
to work
I will write about interesting topics and enhance them by using creative websites to makes video clips, slide shows, or pictures that relate to my topic.
I used a photo source and made a poll about if people think thst there are other ways for DNA to repair itself. Poll

Mary Cosenza
Science 9
__Photo Source__

DNA is in all life forms and just recently, scientists lead by __Stefan Jentsch__ who is the head of the Department of Molecular Cell Biology, found how DNA is repaired if it is damaged. DNA is prone to damage and if it is damaged in any way, it can cause cancer, different diseases and aging. A Double Strand Break or DSB is the most severe type of break. A DSB is a break in the backbone of both strands in DNA. DSB can cause cancer or kill an entire cell. To fix damage, DNA has made a very complex repairing method. The scientists found two ways that DSBs can be repaired. The first way is by the joining of error-prone non-__homologous__ ends(which are two ends that are not the same, like opposites) enabling the broken DSB ends to fuse together. The other repair method is called homologous recombination. This method is also called general recombination, and it is a type of genetic recombination(which is the process by which a strand of DNA is broken and then joined to a different DNA molecule). Many scientists around the world have been studying the different types of repairs, but they know that there is still much to learn about this amazing discovery.
Poll
Do you think there are other ways for DNA to repair itself or not?
Could humans artificially fix broken DNA?
Do other things repair itself in the same way?

Jenna: This looks like a really good post mary and i really like the picture, I added a few commas and small punctuation changes, but it seems solid. The sources also look very reliable.

Aimee: Mary, this is very interesting and it does pertain to what we are learning during class right now. Also, you are showing a good understanding of the information from your sources.

Caitlin: Great job, Mary! I like how this ties into what we're learning in class now. I agree with Aimee, it shows that you know a lot about your topic. Your questions are really good, too.




Hey it’s Mary! Some of my favorite things to do are riding my horses, playing lacrosse, and spending time with my friends.

My favorite project this year was the cockroach lab that we did. It taught us about animal behavior and about the scientific theory. It was also cool to handle the live cockroaches and kiss them! Here is a photo of the cockroaches: http://flickr.com/photos/kubina/2156589247/