Socratic Seminar Preparation Sheet
3) Did George do the right thing by shooting Lennie? Why or why
I think that George was doing the right thing and wrong thing at the
same time by shooting Lennie. He was doing the right thing beca
The World of Prokaryotes
Describe the many unique characteristics of prokaryotes. Explain why it might be said that prokaryotes
are the most successful organisms ever to live.
Describe the impact of prokaryotes on humans and biological ecosystems.
Explain why it is incorrect to say that individual organisms evolve.
Explain what is meant by "the modern synthesis."
Define a population; define a species.
Explain how microevolutionary change can affect a gene pool.
An Introduction to Heredity
Explain why organisms reproduce only their own kind and why offspring more closely resemble their
parents than unrelated individuals of the same species.
Explain what makes heredity possible.
Distinguish between asexua
An Overview of Cell Signaling
Describe the basic signal-transduction pathway of yeast. Explain why we believe these pathways in
yeast, mammals, and plants evolved before the first multicellular organisms appeared on Earth.
Categorize chemical signal
Introduction to Behavior and Behavioral Ecology
Distinguish between proximate and ultimate questions about behavior.
Explain how genes and the environment contribute to behavior. Explain what is unique about innate
Mission For The Class
For students interested in science I hope to inspire you to continue
studying science in college and beyond.
For students not interested in science I hope that you will be passionately
curious about the world around you.
For all stud
Chapter 1: Ten Themes in the study of life
The exploration of life will involve you in many levels of biology
1. Each level of biological organization has emergent properties
a. A hierarchy of organization
b. Emergent properties
c. Reductionism in biology
Chapter 2: The chemical context of life
Review of chemical elements and compounds
1. Matter consists of chemical elements in pure form and in combinations called
2. Life requires about 25 elements (page 28)
Chapter 3: Water and the fitness of the environment
The effects of waters polarity
1. The polarity of water results in hydrogen bonding
a. Water is a polar molecule
2. Organisms depend on the cohesion of water molecules
a. Water molecules stick to each ot
Chapter 5: The structure and function of macromolecules
1. Most macromolecules are polymers
a. Building blocks called monomers repeated many times to make a
b. Formation of a polymer via the condensation (dehydration) reaction
An Overview of Land Plant Evolution
Distinguish between the four main groups of land plants.
Describe the four great evolutionary episodes in the history of land plants.
Describe four shared derived homologies that link charophyceans and land pla
What Is an Animal?
List the characteristics that define animals and distinguish them from other organisms.
Explain how and when the first animals likely evolved.
Two Views of Animal Diversity
Describe the nature of the scientific evidence that is
From a diagram, identify the parts of a sponge (including the spongocoel, porocyte,
epidermis, choanocyte, mesohyl, amoebocyte, osculum, and spicule) and describe the
function of each.
List the characteristics of the phylum Cnidaria
Guidelines for Writing a Lab Report in AP Biology
Dr. R. Kennedy
Laboratory work is an essential part of science. Scientists are foremost communicators of the
results of the experiments they design and carry out. In order to practice this form of
AP Biology, Honors, Ecology Unit Essay Assignment
Over the February and April recesses, your assignment is to read and study the Ecology
Unit, pages 1092-1245. Answer the following essay questions as you finish each chapter,
choosing which q
Effects of Water's Polarity
Describe how water contributes to the fitness of the environment to support life.
Describe the structure and geometry of a water molecule, and explain what properties
emerge as a result of this structure.
Explain the r
Guidelines for writing the Drosophila genetics lab report
Visit the Biology class (sophomore) web site for instructions on formatting a lab report. This is in the Files
Comments below are specific to the fly lab.
Title: a very descriptive title,
AP Biology, Honors, Evolution Unit First Semester Essay Assignment
Over the holiday recess, from 12/20 to 1/2/2014, your assignment is to read and study the
Evolution Unit, pages 428-509. Answer the following essay questions as you finish ea
Circulation in Animals
Describe the need for circulatory and respiratory systems due to increasing animal body
Explain how a gastrovascular cavity functions in part as a circulatory system.
Distinguish between open and closed circulatory sy
An Overview of Transport Mechanisms in Plants
List three levels in which transport occurs in plants.
Compare the processes of passive and active transport. Distinguish between the two main categories
of transport proteins.
Describe the role and i
Invertebrate Chordates and the Origin of Vertebrates
Distinguish between the two subgroups of deuterostomes.
Describe the four unique characteristics of chordates.
Distinguish between the three subphyla of the phylum Chordata and give examples of
Chapter 4: Carbon and the molecular diversity of life
The importance of carbon
1. Organic chemistry is the study of carbon compounds
a. Vitalism gives way to mechanism as chemists synthesize organi
molecules of increasing complexity
2. Carbon atoms are th
Chapter 6: An introduction to metabolism
Metabolism Energy and Life
1. The chemistry of life is organized into metabolic pathways
i. Metabolism is all the chemical reactions in an organism
1. All about managing materials and energy resources in the
Chapter 20: DNA technology and genomics
Outline of topics
DNA technology makes it possible to clone genes for research and
Restriction enzymes are used to make recombinant DNA
Genes can be cloned in recombinant DNA vect
Chapter 21: The genetic basis of development
Outline of topics
From single cell to multicellular organism
Embryonic development involves cell division, cell differentiation and
Researchers study development in model organisms to identify
Chapter 22: Descent with Modification: A Darwinian View of Life
Outline of Topics
The historical context for evolutionary theory
Western culture resisted evolutionary views of life
The scale of nature and natural theology
Cuvier, Fossils and catastrophism
Chapter 24: The origin of species
Outline of topics
What is a species?
The biological species concept emphasizes reproductive isolation
Prezygotic and postzygotic barriers isolate the gene pools of biological species