Lesson Plan

Human Genetic Disorder Project

Students will learn about a genetic disorder and present findings.
Cameron M.
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Hoover City Schools
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Students will be able to...

Understand the characteristics of genetic disorders including symptoms, causes, treatments, etc.

Use effective research skills to find information.

Create slide and video presentation on the topic.


Grades 9
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1 Learn about a Genetic Disorder

You may choose a different Genetic Disorder video but the TEDEd talks are engaging in a short period of time.

Student Instructions

Watch the TedEd video on Hemophilia. Note how the information is presented. Do you want to know more? How would you present your information about a different disorder?

2 Research Your Chosen or Assigned Genetic Disorder

Either assign or allow students to choose from this list:



Color Blindness

Cri du Chat Syndrome

Cystic Fibrosis

Down Syndrome

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Edward’s Syndrome

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans

Fragile X


Huntington’s Disease


Marfan Syndrome


Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Patau Syndrome


Prader-Willi Syndrome

Sickle Cell Anemia

Spinal Muscular Atrophy



Trisomy X Female

Turner Syndrome

XYY Male Syndrome

Student Instructions

You have received the name of a specific human genetic disorder. (see your teacher for the list) Your task is to:

Research information and personal testimonies to learn about your assigned genetic disorder

Create a Google Slides presentation to organize and present your researched information

Record and post a 3-5 minute video that teaches your classmates about your assigned genetic disorder

3 Create Your Presentation

Google Drive
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See link here for instructions and rubric.


Student Instructions

Your presentation must include the following information:    

Your name and the name of the disorder

What is this disorder?

What are the characteristics and symptoms?

What causes this disorder?

What is the genetic cause?

Chromosome mutation: include the type of mutation (deletion, trisomy, monosomy, etc.), chromosome number, and a picture of the karyotype showing the mutation

Gene mutation: include the gene affected, how the gene is changed, and what the protein the gene codes for does (relate back to the symptoms if applicable)

How is it inherited?

Spontaneous mutation?

Autosomal or sex-linked?

Recessive, dominant, etc.

How common is this disorder?

Incidence: What portion of human population is affected by disorder?

Prevalence: Is any particular segment of the population at greater risk (gender, ethnicity, etc.)? Why?

How is the disorder diagnosed?

Why would someone get tested for this disorder?

When is it tested for (prenatal, infancy, adult)?

How is it tested for? What tests are used and what does is show or look for?

6) What treatments are available for this disorder and its symptoms?

Medications, procedures, therapies, support

7) What is the prognosis?

What is the life expectancy for individuals with this disorder?

What current research is being done to develop a cure? Give a brief summary of who, where and what.


Your presentation must be of professional quality.

Each slide must have short, bulleted text that you will explain and add to through your video commentary.

Each slide must have graphics and pictures that are appropriate and support the information.

Each slide must show creative effort with the use of backgrounds, fonts, and colors

Your presentation must show proper digital citizenship.


See link here for rubric.


4 Works Cited Page

Students can use the Research Tool inside Google docs or use the extensions and apps shown in the digital tools section to create a works cited page.

Student Instructions

Turn in a Works Cited page with this rubric. Include the MLA citation for each and every source used for the information and graphics included on the slide.  Separate the citations as picture citations or text citations.

Use the Research Tool inside Google docs or use the extensions and apps shown in the digital tools section to create your works cited page.

Sample works cited page here.