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This classroom-ready resource set accompanies the HHMI Biointeractive video, "The DNA Double Helix Discovery" (see Related Items). It contains an in-depth film guide providing detailed background information, pause points for discussion questions to be introduced during the video, a Student Guide, and answer key to the student assessment. This is a rich, comprehensive set of activities which will require little-to-no preparation time on the part of the instructor.

See Related Items for a link to the video that accompanies this resource set.
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Photo 51, helical structure, molecular structure, x-ray crystallography, x-ray diffraction
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Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas (K-12)

Electromagnetic Radiation (PS4.B)
  • Atoms of each element emit and absorb characteristic frequencies of light. These characteristics allow identification of the presence of an element, even in microscopic quantities. (9-12)
Information Technologies and Instrumentation (PS4.C)
  • Multiple technologies based on the understanding of waves and their interactions with matter are part of everyday experiences in the modern world (e.g., medical imaging, communications, scanners) and in scientific research. They are essential tools for producing, transmitting, and capturing signals and for storing and interpreting the information contained in them. (9-12)
Structure and Function (LS1.A)
  • All cells contain genetic information in the form of DNA molecules. Genes are regions in the DNA that contain the instructions that code for the formation of proteins, which carry out most of the work of cells. (9-12)

Crosscutting Concepts (K-12)

Patterns (K-12)
  • Different patterns may be observed at each of the scales at which a system is studied and can provide evidence for causality in explanations of phenomena. (9-12)
  • Empirical evidence is needed to identify patterns. (9-12)
Structure and Function (K-12)
  • The functions and properties of natural and designed objects and systems can be inferred from their overall structure, the way their components are shaped and used, and the molecular substructures of its various materials. (9-12)
Science is a Human Endeavor (3-12)
  • Science is a result of human endeavors, imagination, and creativity. (9-12)

NGSS Nature of Science Standards (K-12)

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AIP Format
(Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, 2011), WWW Document, (https://www.biointeractive.org/classroom-resources/activity-double-helix).
Film Guide: The DNA Double Helix Discovery, (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, 2011), <https://www.biointeractive.org/classroom-resources/activity-double-helix>.
APA Format
Film Guide: The DNA Double Helix Discovery. (2020, October 31). Retrieved December 6, 2021, from Howard Hughes Medical Institute: https://www.biointeractive.org/classroom-resources/activity-double-helix
Chicago Format
Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Film Guide: The DNA Double Helix Discovery. Chevy Chase: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, October 31, 2020. https://www.biointeractive.org/classroom-resources/activity-double-helix (accessed 6 December 2021).
MLA Format
Film Guide: The DNA Double Helix Discovery. Chevy Chase: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 2011. 31 Oct. 2020. 6 Dec. 2021 <https://www.biointeractive.org/classroom-resources/activity-double-helix>.
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@misc{ Title = {Film Guide: The DNA Double Helix Discovery}, Publisher = {Howard Hughes Medical Institute}, Volume = {2021}, Number = {6 December 2021}, Month = {October 31, 2020}, Year = {2011} }
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