Stage 1: Engage
Share the “Brain-Eating Amoebas” or other protist-caused disease article with students. State that after this article appeared, the online news site’s comments section indicated that many people believed that all protists are dangerous to humans and should be eliminated. Explain to students that they will be completing a RAFT activity: As one of the science consultants for the online news organization, each student has been asked to counter this perception by writing an article that demonstrates the positive effects or uses of protists in medicine, industry, and the environment.
R(ole): science consultant for an online news organization
A(udience): readers of the online news site who have negative perceptions of protists
F(ormat): online nonfiction news article
T(opic): the positive effects or uses of protists in medicine, industry, and the environment