Human Anatomy & Physiology

Schedule Dates

State Standards / Objectives

Honors Biology

Mar 12 or 13

Tues or Wed

1) Research paper topics chosen from current event articles showing what scientists are now studying
2) Vocabulary test explained for Thur or Fri and homework assigned

Homework: Study for vocab quiz (immunity & microbes, evolution, 1st semester review)

Mar 14 or 15
Thurs or Fri

1) Vocab test over Immunity & Microbes, evolution, and 1st Sem Review words
2) Human Systems Review sheet assigned
3) Nervous system touch receptor lab

Homework: Post your topic on 1) login; 2) click Pitts' face; 3) click "News" or "Share" and find my "Thought" about posting your topic for your class. "Comment" to reply and describe in detail what your topic is going to be. If after doing a literature search over the weekend, you find the topic not doable for you, then change your topic. If you cannot understand it, then get something you will understand, something you're excited about, and something you want to share with us in the last 3 weeks of school when you present to the class. First person to choose the topic gets it.

Mar 18 or 19
Mon or Tues

1) Neuron structure and function
2) Brain structure & function

Homework: Vocab & Cues over Nervous System (25 words)

Mar 20 or 21
Wed or Thurs
  1) Grade Vocabulary & Cues
2) Brain function paragraphs: Inverted Vision, Split Brain Surgery, Phineus Gage and tamping iron, Schizophrenia symptoms & Gerald
Mar 22 Fri
periods 1-6
  1) Discussion of Research Paper Details (see schedule below for checkpoints: don't miss having your paper written by April 15)
2) Reviewing for STAR Exam on (if you take it 20 times and get scores of 70 or above, you get 200 out of 200 in your test column). This has been a huge grade raiser for the students that have completed it already. One student rose from a D to a B. What will it do for you?
Mar 23 - Apr 7
Writing Research Paper

First week of break should be spent gathering your web document sources. You need 8 authored sources that include 4 journals.

Strategy 1 : start by Googling your topic and get several general sources with authors.

Strategy 2: go to HiWire Stanford or Google Scholar to look for journals (lab writeups) with studies on your topic. Pick ones that are free. If you see amazing articles which are not free, if you take a trip to the UCR library, you can access all journals for free there and save the source on a jump drive or print it out.

Get all web documents made, usable material underlined and anchored, and always saved by the author's last name and the year of publication: Smith 2013

Strategy 3: Write an outline for your paper with:

THESIS statement from first paragraph


A) Background material to help readers understand your topic

B) Possibly more background material to help readers understand the variable you are saying has an effect

C) Supporting study 1

D) Supporting study 2

E) and so on, and please use as many paragraphs and supporting studies as you need.

REMEMBER---this is an 1800-2400 word paper (6-8 pages) just for the findings. It is written with abundant scientific evidence for your thesis statement.

REMEMBER---you are presenting your research in the last month of class after the STAR Exam. Do something you are excited about and proud to present to your peers and instructor. Hard work, knowledge, and passion for your subject are huge confidence builders for your "up front" experience!

REMEMBER---review the definition of plagiarism. Don't do it. Never copy and paste from web documents into your report project. Read your web document, then go to your report project and say in your own words the idea you want to communicate in your paper as evidence.

Mon April 8
  Web Documents and Outline Due (it would be advisable to already have your paper's rough draft by now)
Mon April 15

Your paper needs to be finished and ready for "Peer Edit". Don't submit it, but have your paper written completely, your bibliography done, and your hyperlinks working from your references to web document anchors. IF ANYTHING I JUST WROTE BAFFLES YOU, YOU NEED TO SCHEDULE TIME AFTER SCHOOL STARTING MONDAY THE 8TH, AND THEN CONTINUE TO USE C107 COMPUTERS UNTIL YOU ARE NO LONGER BAFFLED and feeling quite confident in your skills we learned first semester..


    STAR TEST REVIEW on (This is a required assignment to take 10X with 70% or higher gives you 100/100 in the test column)
Mon April 22

Your paper needs to rewritten with the "peer edit" suggestions taken into account. It's time for "Peer Grading". 3 designated peers will grade your paper using the rubric on (This rubric is under revision, so use the one I gave you in class. Revisions will show up here this week. Most notable is the difference in the paragraph of introduction: 1) A catchy sentence or 2 to get the reader hooked; 2) Thesis statement; & 3) a roadmap as to how the thesis is going to be supported

Mon April 29
  Paper is "Submitted" for publishing by the instructor. Peer grades are considered, adjusted, and recorded.
Tues, Wed, Thurs
May 28, 29, 30
  FINAL EXAM (practice test needs to be taken 10 times above 80%)