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Body Quest

Human Body WEbQuest

Human Body WebQuest

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Introduction:

    The Human Body is very complex.  The Human Body, as a  multicellular organism, is composed of several levels of organization that include cells, tissues, organs and organ systems.  Each smaller level combines together to make the next level.  Cells are the building blocks of all living things.  A tissue is a group of similar cells that perform the same function.  Organs are groups of different tissues with a specific function.  Finally, organ systems are groups of organs that work together to perform a specific job.  The Human Body is made up of many systems that work together to perform complex tasks on a daily basis.
 

Task:

    You have been a long time employee of  the Human Body Corporation.  You feel that your job is very important to the Human Body.  As an organ within the Human Body, you have been carrying out a specific task day in and day out in order to keep the Human Body functioning.  Due to recent budget cuts, the Human Body Corporation is considering having to fire workers.  You hope your job is not in jeopardy!

    You need to research your organ in order to prove its importance within the Human Body.  Then you will write a persuasive letter to the Human Body Corporation to convince them not to fire you.
 


 Process:
 

A. Collecting Data

    Use the Resource Section of this webquest to research your organ.  Click on the links to help you answer the following questions on your own paper.  Your teacher has the questions typed for you on a worksheet.

1. What is the name of your organ?  Where is it located?

2. What system/systems does your organ work with?

3. List other organs that you work with.

4.  List the functions of your organ.

5. Describe how you carry out these functions on a daily basis.

6. How would the Human Body be different if you were not there to carry out your functions?  Cite evidence to support your answer.
 

Resources:
 

Click on the following links to gather data about your organ.  Be sure to hit the back arrow to come back to this webquest.


Thinkquest Human Body

Human Anatomy Online
My Body

How the Body Works

Your Gross and Cool Body
 
 

B. Organizing your information.

   Take jot notes and gather information on your organ. Be sure not to lose the question sheet that you received.  It will help you get important information.
 
 
 

Writing Task

     Write a PERSUASIVE letter to the Human Body Corporation to convince them not to fire your organ.  Your letter should be typed and in Business format.  Use your Writer's In Action handbook for help!
     Be sure to include the location of your organ, the major functions and describe how the Human Body would be different without your organ carrying out its functions. Also, remember to have an introduction and closing paragraph.


 

C. Writing your letter.
    You will have to type your letter in Microsoft Word, or on the Writers.  Be sure to edit your letter with a peer editor during the rough draft stage for grammar, spelling, punctuation and organization mistakes.
 
 



Evaluation:
 

Your assignment will be grade using the following rubric:

 

  4 3 2 1
Letter Properly follows business letter format. Has detailed and informative introductory and closing paragraphs.  Includes jot notes and question and answer sheet.

 

Properly follows business letter format. Has small introductory and closing paragraphs. Includes jot notes and question and answer sheet.

 

Properly follows business letter format. Has introductory but no closing paragraph .Does not include jot notes and question and answer sheet. Does not properly follow business letter format. Has no introductory and closing paragraphs. Does not include jot notes and question and answer sheet.
Grammar Has no spelling errors.  Indents each new paragraph, uses capitals and punctuation properly. Has less than 3 spelling errors.  Indents each new paragraph, uses capitals and punctuation properly. Has less than 5 spelling errors Does not indent each new paragraph, use capitals or punctuation properly. Has more than 5 spelling errors. Does not indent each new paragraph, use capitals or punctuation properly.
Content Named organ, explained its function, location, and system it is a part of.  Lists other organs it works closely with.  Cites more than three examples of  how body would be different without it. Letter is persuasive and convincing. Named organ, explained its function, location, and system it is a part of.  Lists other organs it works closely with.  Cites less than three examples of  how body would be different without it. Letter is persuasive and convincing. Named organ, explained its function, location, and system it is a part of.  Does not list other organs it works closely with.  Cites only example of  how body would be different without it. Very little attempt to be persuasive and convincing. Named organ, explained its function, location, and system it is a part of.  Does not list other organs it works closely with.  Does not cite any examples of  how body would be different without it. No attempt to be persuasive and convincing.


 



Conclusion:
 
 

    After you have completed this lesson you should understand the importance of your organ’s job at the Human Body Corporation.  For more information, ask your teacher for more resources.
 
 



 
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