Lesson 1.1 Overview of chapter

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Introduction to the lesson

The purpose of this lesson is to orientate you for the chapter. In the next lessons you will work through the chapter in detail, answering questions and coming to grips with the material. In this lesson you will just skim through the chapter briefly to see how each of the parts of the chapter fit together to explain cell structure. Don't worry if you don't understand something in this lesson. You will have time to work through it in the following lessons.

Preparing for the chapter

  • What do you think the basic unit of all living organisms is?
  • What do you think the basic components of a cell are?
  • What do you think the function of a cell is?
  • Is there a difference between plant and animal cells or are all cells the same?
  • If there is a difference, what are the differences between plant and animal cells?
  • How do we know what a cell looks like?
  • What do you know about a microscope? Are there different types?
  • How big do you think a cell is?

First reading of the chapter

Begin by skim reading the chapter. This means that you:

  1. On your first pass through the chapter, read only the headings and sub-headings. This will give you a general idea of the chapter's subject matter.
  2. Now read the learning outcomes on page 1 of the Coursebook
  3. Next look at the diagrams, sketches, photographs and tables throughout the chapter
  4. Finally, read the questions throughout the text and at the end of the chapter

Second reading of the chapter

Now read the chapter (p.1-23). It is not necessary to take notes as you will work through each section in detail in the following lessons.


As you end this lesson, ask yourself

  • What new things have I learned today?
  • What did I already know?
  • What still confuses me?

NOTE: This chapter covers section 1 of the Cambridge International AS Biology (9700) syllabus 2016-2018 (p.17-18).