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The picture to the left is my nephew, Michael, who died
December 16, 2009 of the genetic disorder, Cystic Fibrosis. You are
going to work in groups of 3 or 4 to investigate a human
genetic disorder. Your task will be to produce a wiki page
that helps us to understand a disorder. We will
be working on this project for two weeks. You will
have to work together!!!!!You will have until the last week
of the quarter to edit and add to your project. Exceptional
projects may earn extra credit. For more information about
my nephew you can visit his CaringBridge website.

Basic questions you need to answer:

  • What are genetic disorders?

  • How do you get them?

  • What is it like to have them?

  • Can they be cured?

  • Can our class produce a wiki to address the above questions?

Specific questions are listed on the wiki page set up for your group. Find your topic in the pages listed
in the column to the left.
Characteristics of Good Wikis
  • Contain accurate content
  • Include numerous links
  • Show evidence of group revisions
  • Look good!
  • For more details on what makes a good wiki see the links below.

Group Responsibilities:
  • Become experts on your topic.
  • Answer questions listed on the wiki in your own words.
  • Check your group's work.
  • Carry on collaboration through discussion page.
  • Produce a short presentation to the class that shows your groups work on the wiki and explains your group’s topic.
Individual Responsibilities:
  • Contribute to the group page & discussion.
  • Add a minimum of 5 hyperlinks to your group's page
  • Document all of your sources through hyperlinks
  • Produce a new wiki page and link it to your group page. This page should be a literature review of one on the web pages you used for your research.
  • Carry out your individual role listed below

Individual Roles
Link Layer
Adding and checking links to outside sources.
The Spelling Cop
Check spelling of every single word!
Flow Master
Review your group's work to make sure that the work makes sense.
Discussion Starter
Continually ask questions on what your group is producing.
Your work is done on the discussion page.
Captain Spit & Polish
Make page interesting.

Genetic Disorders we will be researching:

Cystic Fibrosis
Tay Sachs
Hereditary Deafness
Coffin-Lowry Syndrome
Fragile X
Huntington's Disease
Marfan Syndrome
Trisomy 13
Rett Syndrome
Xeroderma pigmentosum
Gaucher Disease
Prader-Willi Syndrome
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Down Syndrome

Project Description/Roles/Checklist:

Genetic Disorders Links: (If you find a good one please add to the list!)

Genetics Home Reference
NY Online Access to Health
Genetics Disorders Library
Mayo Clinic
Genetic Conditions from A to Z

Links on Wikis:

The Tempered Radical
Digitally Speaking