Pick Your Disease

Introduction

For this project, you will conduct research on a disease and present the information you have learned to the class. 

Watch the video below for a quick introduction to diseases. 

 

Task

You will choose a disease that interests you, conduct research on it, and present your findings to the class. You need enough resources to adequately cover the specifics of your disease (see Process). Your presentation must be between 3 and 4 minutes long and must include visual aids. I am giving you great freedom in choosing how to present the information. This presentation will be worth a unit test grade for Unit 6: Lymphatic System. 

Below is a Google Drive link to a partial list of diseases from which to choose. Everyone will choose a different disease. If you want to choose a disease that is not present on the list, let me know. Please be sure to let me know which disease you have chosen. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VzM_08gpV3pHiEGYLRA6d5tJf1bnuwzlLP_OJf4wz4Q/edit?usp=sharing

Process
  1. Choose a disease that interests you from the partial list of disease on the Task page. If you would like to research a disease not on the list, please let me know. 
  2. Research the disease. You are looking for: symptoms (outward manifestations), causes, pathology (what is happening internally, including which tissues are attacked, in which order, incubation period, etc.), treatment/prevention, frequency, and transmission. 
  3. Choose your presentation style. Your presentation requires visual aids no matter which style you choose. Your resources should be cited somewhere in your presentation. 
  4. Prepare your presentation. It should be between 3 and 4 minutes long. Make sure to practice! 
  5. Come ready to present! Your presentation will be at the end of the Lymphatic System unit, on Friday, February 14. 

 

Evaluation
Rubric for Pick Your Disease

Criteria

 

Proficient 

(9-10) 

Acceptable 

(5-8) 

Needs Improvement 

(0-4) 

Content (x4) Presentation fully lists and discusses all aspects of the disease: symptoms, causes, pathology, treatment/prevention, frequency and transmission. In-depth research is evident.   Presentation lists and discusses some aspects of the disease: symptoms, causes, pathology, treatment/prevention, frequency and transmission. Some research is evident.   Presentation is missing some aspects of the disease: symptoms, causes, pathology, treatment/prevention, frequency and transmission. Little or no research has been conducted.   
Presentation (x2) Student stands up straight, looks relaxed and confident. Eye contact is established with everyone in the room during presentation. Exceptional attention is given to appropriate attire.  Student sometimes stands up straight and establishes eye contact.  General attention is given to appropriate attire. Student slouches and/or does not look at people during the presentation. Student shows total lack of attention to appropriate attire. 
Time Limit  Presentation is 3-4 minutes long.  Presentation is over or under the time limit by 30 seconds.  Presentation is over or under the time limit by 1 minute or more. 
Preparedness  Student is completely prepared and has obviously rehearsed.  Student seems somewhat prepared, but needed a few more rehearsals.  Student does not seem at all prepared to present. 
Visual Aids  A wide variety of visual aids are used. All are helpful and an integral part of presentation.  Some visual aids are used and are helpful to the presentation.  Very few visual aids are used and/or they are distracting from the presentation. 
Quality and Sufficiency of Sources  All sources are credible, varied, and provide support to the content.  Most sources are credible, varied, and provide support to the content.  Most sources are not credible and there is insufficient variety. Most sources have little or nothing to do with the main content. 

 

Conclusion

Remember to prepare your presentation ahead of time and practice practice practice! Watch the video below for tips to give a great class presentation. Your presentation will be on Friday, February 14, at the end of the Lymphatic System unit. Good luck and prepare in advance!

 

Credits

ClickView. (2015, August 11). What are diseases?  -->. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BMR8JpshjI

Kwan, C. (2016, April 20). How to give a good presentation in class - 3 big questions answered  -->. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQALSKubuVw