Born This Way: A Look at Homosexuality and Epigenetics

Students explore a new study on the genetics of homosexuality and discuss whether sexual orientation is determined biologically or through personal choice.

Media

Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Begin the lesson by showing the first video of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." Have students listen while reading the lyrics to the song. After the song, explain to students that the song has been adopted by many as the new homosexual anthem, in which they claim that there is nothing wrong with them, that they were born homosexual, and they did not choose to be so. Transition into the lesson by stating that a new scientific study may prove this song's message to be true and shows evidence that homosexual individuals were indeed "born this way."

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Lesson tags: Eleventh, Music, Ninth, Science, Tenth

Anthony Naclerio

Anthony Naclerio Tony Naclerio is a curriculum writer and experienced Science educator. Tony specializes in merging video games, music, movies, and other forms of entertainment with life science principles. Tony believes that the key to teaching science is showing how science can apply to everyday life. Science is, in its purest sense, a way to understand the world around you, and in turn, yourself.