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Eighteen Ways to Make a Baby

Viewing Ideas


Before Watching

  1. To get students thinking about the possibility of genetically engineered children, have each student make a list of all the characteristics they would want a son or daughter to have. Organize students into small groups to classify their characteristics by physical attributes and skills. Write the classification categories on the chalkboard. Discuss how many of these might be influenced or controlled by genes. What else influences the characteristics?

  2. Discuss the terms DNA, chromosome, gene, egg, sperm, and fertilized egg with the class to help them understand the program's basic science concepts.

After Watching

  1. Discuss with students how they feel about the issues presented in the program. What ethical issues do students envision due to the new reproductive technology? Have students review which of their feelings are based on evidence, and which are based on opinion or speculation.

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