Genetic Engineering Article: Pros and Cons


Includes both PRINT and GOOGLE versions!

Grades 7 and Up

This genetic engineering article introduces students to a technology that humans use to influence the inheritance of traits, GENETIC ENGINEERING.

The Article Covers:

  • Basics of how genetic engineering works
  • Pros and cons of genetic engineering
  • Impact on medicine, food, society, and the environment

Analysis Section Includes:

  • 17 text-dependent questions
  • Graphic organizer for summarization
  • Writing prompt about students’ position on genetic engineering

This is a great addition to a DNA and heredity unit because it introduces biotechnology and real-life applications of genetics at a middle school level.

This activity pairs well with our Cloning Reading & Questions!

Teacher Notes:

  • Related NGSS Standards: MS-LS3-1, MS-LS3-2, MS-LS4-5
  • Printer-friendly text version provided
  • Answer key included.
  • GO PAPERLESS!  Use the included digital Google Slides version.
  • Makes an excellent sub plan!
  • This genetic engineering article is not editable.
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