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Gene, The: An Intimate History

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Author/Publisher/Website: Mukherjee, S.
Copyright: 2016
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: May/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781476733524
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 10
(View recommended grades and subjects) Science

Resource Description

This comprehensive, accessible resource traces the history of the discovery of the gene from earliest times and follows our expanding knowledge of the gene and its influence on humanity. The book is well written, logically laid out, covers the material with clarity and in great depth, and contains a useful glossary, index, and reference and notes section. This notable book by Pulitzer-Prize winning author and noted scientist Siddhartha Mukherjee would make a good research tool for students in grades 10-12 who have an interest in genetics or are working on a class project or independent research, and would also serve as a useful teacher resource.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
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This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Comments:
This well-researched resource supports the genetic components of the BC curriculum for Science 10, Biology 11 and Biology 12. The book is rich in detail and is chronologically laid out starting with Mendelian genetics and working its way up to the present day. But this is more than a history of science book; the author also provides an in-depth look at the gene and how our understanding of it has changed health care and the way we look at ourselves.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
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Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
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Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
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Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
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Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
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Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Moderately
Is the level of detail appropriate?
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Is the content of particular interest to male students?
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Is the content of particular interest to female students?
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Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
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Comments:
The book goes into great detail into the discovery and understanding of the gene. The amount of detail in this resource may leave some students overwhelmed, detracting from its usability. The book is well written and logically laid out, giving all the detail needed to understand its content; this leaves little room for creative or critical thinking by the student.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

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Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
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Is the resource easy to use?
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Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
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Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
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Comments:
The few illustrations in the book are used to emphasize the points being discussed in the associated text and are kept to a minimum.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Are the concepts clearly explained?
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Comments:
Although not designed as a textbook, the resource covers the material with clarity and in great detail, so much so that there is little need to explore the content outside the resource at the intended grade level. The content goes beyond grade level expectations.

PRINT CLASSROOM

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
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Does the classroom reference have a bibliography and footnotes?
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Are the subject area list and/or subtopics extensive?
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Does the resource broaden students’ experiences and understandings?
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Does the resource make effective use of visual elements?
Moderately
Are the images compelling?
Moderately
Descriptors:
Student research tools
Comments:
The book makes a good research tool for students, taking the reader through the history of the discovery of the gene and our understanding of its influence on humanity. There is an extensive glossary, index, reference, and notes section located at the back of the book, making it easier to navigate this rich resource. There are very few diagrams in the book and they are used to emphasize points being made in the associated text. The book's few pictures are located in the centre of the book.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
Washington Post's 10 Best Books of 2016, 2017 Phi Beta Kappa Society Book Award in Science, The New York Times Book Review 2016 100 Notable Books

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
The resource would make great supplemental reading for students showing an interest in the topic of genetics. It would also make a good research tool for students writing a report or doing an independent research project on this subject. The book may also serve as a useful teacher resource.
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