The Case Study: The Case of the Dividing Cell—Mitosis and Meiosis in the Cellular Courtby: Clyde Freeman Herreid

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The Honorable Judge Cellular is presiding over the case of the State v. Egg Cell Number 6624223. As the prosecuting attorney calls each witness to the stand and the courtroom drama unfolds, students learn about the stages of mitosis and meiosis and their particular characteristics, and how cell division in prokaryotes differs from that in eukaryotes.

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  • College
Publication Date
2/1/2004

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Reviews (8)
  • on Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:54 AM

This case study shows an extremely creative take on the differences between mitosis and meiosis. It will keep your students interested and engaged while reviewing the cell cycle. The case study is a a two part reader's theater set in a court room where Egg Cell Number 6624223 stands trial for being less than perfect. In this article, mitosis is highlighted. Questions for student discussion are included.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Tue May 05, 2015 4:33 PM

What a fun and exciting way to get students involved in their learning. And talk about integration. Students have the experience to get the experience of the court system as well as learning the terminology of cells.

Alesha
Alesha

  • on Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:56 PM

Cute, cute, cute! Here is something new to present mitosis and meiosis-a sometimes bland objective. This is at least middle school or higher and really great for Pre-AP classes. There will be some up-front teacher prep work to actually make it more user freindly. It is a little too teacher directed for my choice, but with a few modifications by both teacher and/or students (writing a skit or something with more participation), it would be a great article to attempt in your classroom.

Sue Garcia
Sue Garcia

  • on Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:59 PM

I first became aware of this article when a fellow teacher asked me for some help teaching about eukaryote and prokaryote organisms. I went to the NSTA Science Scope articles and pulled it up. After reading it, I thought how much my students would love to follow using this strategy (using the background of a "Court" issue). It will need some work, scripting it out to make it "student freindly" rather than teacher presented, but that might be the fun...having the students write it up and present it in a courtroom drama format. I think it is totally worth the effort. The article is well written for students (and a little research) to follow along with and understand the analogies. And, the students will love it!

Sue Garcia
Sue Garcia

  • on Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:29 PM

My tenth grade students had a hard time with this, thought I found it very interesting. Even my pre AP students were struggling the Internet has another version of this article in a different format that students were not as scared of reading . I originally thought it would be an activator, but it took an hour to review.

Bridget Ward  (Wales, Massachusetts)
Bridget Ward (Wales, Massachusetts)

  • on Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:29 PM

My tenth grade students had a hard time with this, thought I found it very interesting. Even my pre AP students were struggling the Internet has another version of this article in a different format that students were not as scared of reading . I originally thought it would be an activator, but it took an hour to review.

Bridget Ward  (Wales, Massachusetts)
Bridget Ward (Wales, Massachusetts)

  • on Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:29 PM

My tenth grade students had a hard time with this, thought I found it very interesting. Even my pre AP students were struggling the Internet has another version of this article in a different format that students were not as scared of reading . I originally thought it would be an activator, but it took an hour to review.

Bridget Ward  (Wales, Massachusetts)
Bridget Ward (Wales, Massachusetts)

  • on Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:29 PM

My tenth grade students had a hard time with this, thought I found it very interesting. Even my pre AP students were struggling the Internet has another version of this article in a different format that students were not as scared of reading . I originally thought it would be an activator, but it took an hour to review.

Bridget Ward  (Wales, Massachusetts)
Bridget Ward (Wales, Massachusetts)


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