A Day in the Life of a Person with a Genetic Disorder

Students must create diary entries from the perspective of a person who has a genetic disorder. Students will research their assigned genetic disorder in order to find information that will help each entry to seem more authentic. Students will select one of a list of genetic disorders:

Students will write five entries and these entries must include a retelling of five full days in this person's life. Descriptions must include symptoms that the person is experiencing, treatment that he/she is receiving, how the disorder is inherited, hardships encountered, feelings, the future and other interesting facts about the disorder. In addition, students must develop a "fake" pedigree for his/her family that shows how this disorder is inherited. This pedigree should include three generations.

To create the entry, students have the choice as to whether they'd rather use a word processer, pencil and paper, or they can "storytell" their account with audio or video. Permission of the teacher will be needed to "storytell."

Resources:

Genetic Disorder Note sheet

Fill out the note sheet below as you research your disorder. This sheet will be turned in on the same day as your project. Be sure to record your sources as you go.

Description Notes Sources
Inheritance: What is the genetic cause of the disease (example - too many chromosomes, autosomal recessive, sex-linked)?
 
 
Symptoms: Four to five signs that characterize the disease
 
 
Treatment: A remedy, procedure, or technique for curing the disease or easing symptoms; Focus on easing symptoms since cures are not usually possible.
Hardships: difficulties that would be encountered in day-to-day life
 
 
Feelings: Thoughts and emotions
 
 
Interesting Facts: Anything not covered above that you find interesting
 
 
 

Your Genetic Disorder and Probability

  1. How many people are afflicted with this disorder? 1/_______ or ______%
  2. How is this disorder inherited (dominant allele, recessive allele, sex-linked, autosomal)?
  3. If you have this disorder, what are the likely genotypes of your parents? Mom:____ Dad: _____
  4. Complete a Punnett square that shows the probability of a child with these parents inheriting the disorder.
  5. What is the probability of these two people producing a child with this disorder?
  6. What is the probability of these two parents having six children with this disorder?
  7. If you were to marry a person who was not a carrier for this disease, what is the probability that you will have a child with this disorder?
  8. Create a three generation pedigree for your family showing the inheritance paths.

Writing a Diary Rubric

Category 5 4 3 1 Score
Organization The diary is very well organized. Each entry includes a date. One entry follows another in a logical sequence. The diary is pretty well organized. Some entries include dates. One entry may seem out of place. The diary is a little hard to follow. A few of the entries include dates. Entries seem to be randomly arranged. None of the entries include dates.  
Accuracy of Facts All facts presented in the diary are accurate. Almost all facts presented in the diary are accurate. Most facts presented in the diary are accurate (at least 70%). There are several factual errors in the diary.  
Areas Covered Symptoms, treatment, inheritance, hardships, feelings, and interesting facts all included. Four – five of these points are covered. Two – three of these points are covered. One or none of the points covered.  
Creativity The diary contains many creative details and/or descriptions that contribute to the reader's enjoyment. The author has really used his/her imagination. The diary contains a few creative details and/or descriptions that contribute to the reader's enjoyment. The author has used his/her imagination. The diary contains a few creative details and/or descriptions, but they distract from the story. The author has tried to use his/her imagination. There is little evidence of creativity in the story. The author does not seem to have used much imagination.  
Requirements The diary includes 5 entries. Each entry is 2-3 paragraphs long. Almost all (about 90%) the written requirements were met. Most (about 75%) of the written requirements were met, but several were not. Many requirements were not met.  
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