I have included my first draft as well as teacher feedback.
Introduction: Issue: You have chosen an interesting topic and I can see its significance in your description. Another concern with GMOs is how they may impact biodiversity. You can read more about this here: http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2015/challenging-evolution-how-gmos-can-influence-genetic-diversity/
Introduction: Science Resources: It looks like you have a great list of credible sources related to your topic. Nice work!
Introduction: Specific Question: You have a good question. Now you should begin to think about how you can write it in a way that will let you find the answer scientifically. Scientific questions are answered by either direct observation or experimentation. Here are 2 additional resources that help when writing and deciding on “good” scientific questions: https://oepos.ca.uky.edu/files/asking_good_scientific_questions.pdf and https://bml.ucdavis.edu/wp-content/pdf/cameos/CAMEOS_FormingAnswerableScientificQuestionswnotes.pdf
Body: Audience: You have chosen a good audience. I think educating the general public in real-life science issues is important. I also like that you are cratering to an audience who will need to directly apply this information (i.e. farmers).
Body: Message: I love how you described how to disperse the information. How would you change your writing and presenting to better serve this audience? Not only how you would get the message out, but how would you write the message to be easily understood by your audience? I posted this article elsewhere in the course, but here it is again in case you may find it useful when thinking about your audience: http://sites.ieee.org/pcs/communication-resources-for-engineers/audience-purpose-and-context/understand-your-audience/
Body: Explain Principle(s): Way to think scientifically! You have correctly identified some basic scientific principles related to GMOS and insects and how they relate to your question and sources.
Reference List: Your reference list looks like it is properly formatted in APA style.
Articulation of Response: Writing looks good, your thoughts are communicated clearly.
Overview: In Themes 1 and 2, you identified an issue, developed a research question, and examined sources that could help you explore the issue. You also considered the scientific principles related to your topic, and how you might communicate your findings to a specific audience. Building on these elements in this theme, you will formulate a hypothesis related to your issue. Then, applying what you learned in Theme 1 about the process of science, you will explain the next steps that natural scientists would take to support or refute your hypothesis. What kind of evidence would they look for? What kind of tests they need to conduct? Throughout this course, you explored a variety of specific cases in which natural scientists addressed issues, tested hypotheses, and developed solutions to problems. Many of their solutions have become key discoveries that we rely on today for health, safety, and other practical uses. So, as you consider your hypothesis and the next steps a scientist would take, reflect back on these examples. This reflection is the final piece of your planning document, and you will use it to develop your presentation in Theme 4.
Prompt: You will build on the elements you composed in your first draft and develop your hypothesis. After you have your hypothesis, explain what steps a Natural Scientist would take to either refute or support your hypothesis. By the end of Theme Three you will fine tune the entire planning document to be submitted to your instructor.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
d. Explain how the principle(s) you identified apply to your issue and question. In other words, how are the natural science principle(s) you identified relevant to your question and issue?
Guidelines for Submission: The second draft of your planning document should be 3–5 pages, double spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. You should use current APA guidelines (or another format approved by your instructor) for your citations and reference list.