Students are introduced to the function of the immune system and to the biochemical processes involved in fighting off disease. They are familiarized with how different kinds of vaccines work, and compare and contrast the characteristics of a variety of diseases. They learn about transmission routes for disease, and how viruses and bacteria replicate in the body. Extended work includes researching epidemiologies of past and present "plagues" and considering ways in which technology may be used to circumvent the global spread of disease.
THE BODY BOOK, by Sara Stein (Workman Publishing, 1992); HUMAN BIOLOGY AND HEALTH, by Anthea Maton, Jean Hopkins, Susan Johnson, et al (Prentice Hall, 1993); THE HUMAN BODY: YOUR BODY AND HOW IT WORKS, by Ruth Dowling Bruun, M.D. and Bertel Bruun, M.D. (Random House, 1982); THE HOT ZONE, by Richard Preston (Random House, 1994); THE GEOGRAPHY OF AIDS: ORIGINS AND COURSE OF AN EPIDEMIC, by Gary W. Shannon, Gerald F. Pyle, and Rashid L. Bashur (Guilford Press, 1991); newsprint; Features Analysis Charts
- Describe the functions of B-cells, T-cells, phagocytes, mast cells, and immunoglobulins.
- Develop an understanding of how B-cells, T-cells, phagocytes, mast cells, and immunoglobulins work together to fight infectious agents.
- Identify factors which affect the transmission of disease.
- Describe the properties of different types of vaccines.
- Research and describe the properties of an infectious disease, including its transmission route, the way it replicates in the body, and its epidemiology.
- Practice writing a comparison/contrast essay.