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Gene Patenting


High Int – Adv

Teens & Adults

Grades 9–12

Should a company be able to patent or control the use of a plant? This lesson introduces a Canadian case (Monsanto Vs. Farmer Schmeiser) that went to the Supreme Court of Canada. The class debates the issues.

  • contain
  • herbicide
  • damage
  • previous
  • recover
  • research
  • insert
  • profit
  • patent
  • originate
  • violate
  • sue
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  • vocabulary review tasks
  • discussion questions
  • debate questions
Task Content
  • Warm-Up(Reference)
  • Vocabulary Preview A(Matching)
  • Vocabulary Preview B(Matching)
  • Read & Listen(Reference)
  • Comprehension(Open-Ended Questions)
  • Vocabulary Review(Type in the Blanks)
  • Discussion(Reference)
  • Debate #1(Reference)
  • Debate #2(Reference)
  • Writing(Reference)
  • Personal Response(Speaking Task)