Elect That Organelle!
A Collaborative Project About Organelles and Politics

Introduction       Task       Process       Evaluation       Conclusion       Student Work 


Step One: Form a group of four or five students. Choose which job each member will perform. Click on the images below to learn more about the job requirements for each one.

  • Poster and Pamphlet Producer: One or two students will produce a campaign poster and pamphlet.
  • Smear Campaign Organizer: Two students will produce smear campaigns against each of your opponent organelles.
  • Public Relations Representative: One student will write and give a speech that will be videotaped and played on election day.

Step Two: Research the structure and function of organelles in a typical eukaryotic cell (both plant and animal). You will do this during class by completing the Organelle Trackstar worksheets, but you should also do some of your own research using your textbook and online resources.

Step Three: You will randomly draw an organelle to represent in the elections. Using the information on the pages linked to above, complete your assigned job by the deadline given and turn it in. The organelles available to run for Most Important Organelle are the following:

  • Nucleus
  • Ribosome
  • Endomembrane System: consisting of two distinct organelles - golgi apparatus, smooth and rough endoplasmic reticulum
  • Cytoskeleton: made up of microfilaments, microtubules and intermediate fibers
  • Mitochondrion
  • Chloroplast
  • Vesicles

Step Four: Use your resources! Hopefully these will fuel your creative juices for your individual tasks.

Step Five: On election day, after watching the campaign speeches, each voter will receive a ballot with the candidates listed. The number of votes your candidate receives will factor into your final grade (as bonus points).

Final Words: Beyond what is required of each member of the group, you can be as creative as is ethically correct to win this campaign. No threatening or bribing your voters or the other candidates, but extra posters, T-shirts, buttons, stickers, pencils, face paint, etc. are all acceptable. I will make eight copies of the pamphlets to be distributed to each table of voters on Election Day. However, these copies will be in black and white. If you want colored copies, you should bring them in yourself. Good luck, and may the best candidate win! (Or, may the odds be ever in your favor!)

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Last modified 10/17/13