STUDENT GUIDE - HUMAN DISEASE PROJECT

7TH GRADE SCIENCE - MR. SCHNEIDER'S CLASS

THE PURPOSE:
The purpose of this assignment is to study in-depth the conditions and diseases of the human body. It is almost impossible to read the newspaper or watch TV without hearing about human diseases, new cures, drugs and treatments and the state of our health care system. In this project, we will focus on human disease as a way to learn more about the way the body works.  SINCE WE ARE STUDYING THE HUMAN BODY, ALL DISEASES AND HUMAN CONDITIONS ARE PERFECT FOR THIS PROJECT!

1.Choose a disease or serious physical problem to focus on for your project.  Your project will have more meaning for you if you choose a disease that affects someone in your family or "extended" family such as aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. Perhaps you have a friend that has a disease or maybe you have a disease yourself that you'd like to do your project on. Careful choice of a disease will make this project more interesting for you. Note that no two students in the same class can do the same project unless approved by your teacher.
HUMAN DISEASE PROJECT TOPIC:_______________________________
TEACHER APPROVAL: ___________________________


2. RESEARCH YOUR TOPIC:
Find out all you can about the disease you chose for your project.  Resources you should consult about disease:  Books, the Internet, magazines or journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, professionals in the health field, special interest organizations (see the Disease Organizations list), and last but not least persons who are affected by the disease you have chosen.  Make sure to copy information about the resource for your bibliography.  All reports must have a bibliography.  Access www.curtis1.com and click on Student Resources for information on how to cite sources of information for your report.


3. CONDUCT AN INTERVIEW - THE INTERVIEW IS OPTIONAL!
You can conduct an interview, either by phone, by email or in person, with someone who has had experience with your chosen disease. Your interview could be with a contact person from a special interest organization, a health care professional who has treated patients with this disease, or a person who is (or has been) affected by the disease you have chosen.  You do NOT need to interview a person that has the disease, but they need to at least be knowledgeable about the disease
Consult the sheet "
How To Conduct An Interview" for complete information. If you are in doubt about the interview, speak with Mr. Schneider.  Interviews earn five points of extra credit!!

3.     TYPE A 2 to 3  PAGE REPORT (OR LONGER IF YOU WISH) STATING YOUR FINDINGS:
 Note that you may not copy information from any source without giving credit to your source in a footnote and in the bibliography!!  Copied material will receive a severe grade markdown.
Make sure your report includes the following information:
-A basic description of the disease
-Information on the background and history of the disease
- The symptoms of the disease; how a person knows they have it
- Any tests a health care provider would run to help diagnose the disease
- How the diseas e affects the body
- Cures or treatments for the disease
- Current research to find a cure or better treatment for the disease
- The age one normally gets this disease and how they get it
- How a person's daily life is affected by the disease
- Information on the cost of having the disease, such as for treatment, medications, hospitalization, etc.



5.  Add a conclusion paragraph.
Write about why you chose this disease. What was the most interesting thing that you learned from doing the project? What was the most important source of information that you used to write your report? What questions would you still like answered about this disease? What do you feel are the strengths and weakness of your report?

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Thinking Outside the Box!  Your entire project can be presented in the following ways using various forms of multimedia.  These presentation methods take the place of the 2-page report.  However, make sure you have the same information presented as you would for a written report.  Ideas are web sites, PowerPoint presentations, children's books, newspapers, brochures, movies (QuickTime or iMovies are ok) or other creative ideas you may have.  See Mr. Schneider to find out if your project-presentation idea qualifies.  A bibliography is still mandatory for a "Thinking Outside the Box" Project!

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6. Add TWO DIAGRAMS to your report.
Diagram #1:  Shows how the human body is affected.  
On an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper, make or copy a diagram that illustrates some aspect of your disease.   Make sure you label the diagram with the names of the structures. The diagram should be important and referenced someplace in your report.  You could say:  "The diagram shown on page 3 shows how the disease spreads through the body....etc".

Diagram #2:  Mathematics-Oriented Diagram The second diagram must be a mathematics-oriented diagram such as a pie graph, bar graph or line graph that illustrates some statistical information about your disease. The diagram should be important and referenced someplace in your report.  You could say:  "The graph shown on page 4 shows how the disease has increased in America over the past 50 years....etc".

 
7. BIBLIOGRAPHY
Include a bibliography at the end of your report.  Don't forget that persons you interview need to be included in your bibliography.
The bibliography should include the Author's name, the name of the source book, magazine or pamphlet, the page numbers used for your information and the year the information was published.&n bsp; Your sources can't all be from the Internet.  Find books, encyclopedias and periodicals that you can use to write your report.

The bibliography is arranged in alphabetical order by author's last name. Here's an example:


Hurd, Johnson, Matthias, McLaughlin, Snyder and Wright. Prentice-Hall General Science - A Voyage of Adventure, p. 290 - 291. 1986

Krampell, Mrs. A., interview; January 28, 1994, San Jose, CA.

Melsack, Ronald. Scientific American, p. 212 - 222. April, 1992.
 

8. PRESENTATION TO THE CLASS - THE PRESENTATION IS NOT OPTIONAL!!
 The presentation should be approximately 1.5 to 2 minutes in length.
Mr. Schneider will discuss the presentation options with the class.  We will use a "round-robin" approach and each student will present their disease to small groups.  The goal is to have students use the laptop computers to create PowerPoint or Keynote presentations, and then use the electronic presentations to present to the class.

 

9. CHECKLIST OF ITEMS FOR THE HUMAN DISEASE PROJECT:


This project will be due in class on ________________________________.

_____ 2 to 3  PAGE RESEARCH PAPER OR
A THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX IDEA

_____ INTERVIEW (OPTIONAL.)

_____ 2 DIAGRAMS (HUMAN BODY / MATHEMATICS ORIENTED, ONE EACH; DIAGRAMS DO NOT COUNT TOWARDS THE TWO PAGES)

_____ CONCLUSION PARAGRAPH; COUNTS AS PART OF THE TWO PAGES

_____ BIBLIOGRAPHY; DOES NOT COUNT AS PART OF THE TWO PAGES

_____ ORAL REPORT (NOT OPTIONAL)

10. Use the Website: use Curt's Human Disease Website at . For virtually any disease you choose, this is a good starting point for Internet research.  STUDENTS CAN HAVE THEIR WORK PUBLISHED ON CURT'S HUMAN DISEASE WEBSITE AT .&nbs p;


Copyright ┬ęCurtis R. Schneider, 1999 - 2008.   All rights reserved.

Last revised 2/20/2008

 

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Dear Parents:  Please read over the requirements of the Human Disease Project.  If you have any questions, please ite them below or email your questions to info@curtis1.com.  Make sure to mark the due date of _____________________________, on y our calendar at home.

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