: Miss Jessica Taylor, J-107
Contact Information: E-mail:
; School phone: 770-650-4230
Class Website: http://sites.google.com/a/fultonschools.org/taylorjm/
Help Times: Tuesday-Friday between 8:00 and 8:30
. McDougal and Little, 2008. Replacement cost of the book is
Biology is a highly diverse course that introduces and explores concepts involving
the scientific method, biological chemistry, cell biology, genetics, evolution, and ecology of microbes,
plants and animals. The goal of this course is to provide students with a fundamental knowledge base in
each of these fields to better enable them to succeed at higher levels of scientific inquiry and exploration.
The laboratory emphasizes observation, experimentation, data analysis, and critical thinking.
At the end of this course students should be able to:
Use appropriate scientific tools to observe, record, organize, analyze, interpret, write, and present
the results of scientific investigations clearly and accurately.
Relate the importance of the chemistry life to cellular structures and functions in both prokaryotic
and eukaryotic cells.
Describe and explain the role of DNA and RNA in transfer of traits to successive generations
under both asexual and sexual situations.
Explain the evolutionary basis of modern classification.
Trace the history of the theory of evolution and evaluate the role of natural selection in the
development of the theory.
Relate the complexity of organisms to how they obtain, transform, transport, release, and
eliminate matter and energy.
Investigate and assess the interdependence between organisms and on the flow of matter within
You must have a three ring binder that is at least 1 ½ inch in diameter
with pockets. This notebook must
be used for Biology and should contain all work done
in this class. You will also need a set of five dividers, with the following appropriate labels:
Notes, Labs, Classwork, Homework, Quizzes/Tests/Projects. Place this course syllabus at the
front of the notebook so you can refer back to it easily as we progress through the year. You
are expected to keep a neat and organized notebook. There will be a notebook check at the
end of each unit and your grade will be based on the neatness and completeness of all
assignments from the five categories of your notebook.
Number 2 pencils
Pens, Blue or Black ONLY
Loose leaf notebook paper
This course will consist of lecture, discussion, individual work, group work, and
laboratory work. All students are expected to participate in all activities.