Lesson 1: Development of Disease

The steps of the infection process are explored by examining the relationship between disease and the immune system. Pop-up glossaries and drag and drop diagrams are used to practice the steps of infection. Students choose a disease to research, then write a simulated blog post or pop science magazine article and create a presentation about the development of that disease. Students read a passage: The Eternal Arms Race: The Constant Battle Between Pathogens and the Immune System.

Time: Two to three 45 minute sessions

Lesson questions

  • How do antigens and the immune system affect each other’s evolution?
  • What are key steps in the process of the development of infection and disease?

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