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Welcome to the Research Guide for the Cell Analogy project.. 



DUE: __________________________             NAME: ___________________


PROJECT:    Cell Analogy


Analogy: A comparison between two things, which are similar in some aspects, but otherwise different; an explanation of something by comparing it point-by-point with something else.

Assignment: To present a cell analogy that demonstrates your understanding of the functions of the major parts of a eukaryotic cell.  You will use Smore as your medium for presentation.


1) Between you and your partner decide to model either a plant or an animal cell.

2) You must start with a picture of your cell.  Include the following 12 structures in your presentation:

  • Cell membrane
  • Cytosol/Cytoplasm
  • Nucleus
  • Nucleolus
  • Mitochondria
  • Golgi apparatus
  • Ribosomes
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Vacuole
  • For plant cells only:
    -Cell wall
  • For animal cells only:
    -Cilia or Flagella

3) Title your project as either “Plant Cell” or “Animal Cell”

4) Research the function of each structure

5) Decide on something with which to compare the cell.  We will call this your “theme”.  Be creative! 

6) Create an analogy between each of the cellular structures listed above and something within your larger theme.  Your analogies should be based on the function of the cellular structure rather than on the appearance of the structure.  For example, if your theme is the human body, you might compare the human brain to the nucleus of a cell because they both control and coordinate activities.  You should not compare the brain to the endoplasmic reticulum based on the fact that they both have a folded shape.

7) Find or create a visual (make sure you cite ALL of you images) for each of the analogies in your theme.  For example, you might find an interesting image of the human brain for a brain-nucleus analogy.

8) Write an explanation of each analogy. For example:
The nucleus is like a brain because it controls and coordinates the activities of the cell in the same way that the brain controls and coordinates the activities of the body.

 *On the date this assignment is due, you will present your projects to your classmates.


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