Election 2019 – “Organelle in Chief”


You and your partner have teamed up to run a campaign for one of the cell organelles in the Domain “Eukarya.” You have been hired for your expertise and knowledge of cells, and their organelles’ structure and function.

Your primary task is to create a campaign that persuades others to vote your organelle as Organelle in Chief of Eukarya. You will have to argue that without your organelle, the cell, the organism, and consequently the world as we know it will collapse. To do this expertly, you must understand the details of the organelle whose campaign you are running. Knowing all about the organelle and its function and why it is the most important one in Domain Eukarya is paramount in winning this election!

Successful campaigns are multifaceted and are composed of many different elements. Your campaign must have the following elements:

Cell Parts: Structure and Function Worksheet

Before you can start your campaign, you must be familiar with all of the organelles that are found in eukaryotic cells. You can think of this assignment as “opposition research.” Most of these organelles will be your potential opponents in the campaign, but your candidate organelle must be able to work alongside each of them for the well-being of the entire cell. You must submit this assignment to Mr. Mohn before you will be allowed to select your organelle. It will be due by the end of the class period on Monday, September 30th.

Campaign poster

Your poster will be uploaded to the course website. It must meet the following requirements:

  • The poster should be very visually striking and in color.
  • Posters should be digitally generated. The program you use to generate your poster is up to you. There are lots of free poster generators available!
  • Your campaign’s poster must champion the greatness and good deeds of your organelle. You may include a description of why voters should choose your organelle above all others in the election.
  • You may include information that can smear another organelle. Of course, it must be school appropriate!
Post your Campaign Poster
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Campaign Flyer or Newspaper Article

In addition to your poster, you need to create informational campaign flyer or newspaper article that describes how amazing your organelle is.

  • Include a catchy graphic or two as well as details about your organelle’s structure and function.
  • You must relate the structure of the organelle to its function. It is critical for you to make the connection for your voter about why your organelle is the most important. The purpose of the flyer or article is to tell your voter why your organelle is important for the continued survival and growth of the Domain Eukarya. What would happen to an organism/ecosystem if your organelle was NOT the Organelle in Chief?
  • You must have properly cited references for your flyer. Do not use Wikipedia as your only source of information. Be sure you are using other scholarly sources of information, such as university websites, sources from the class website, and your textbook. Make sure you cite your information as well.

Election Day Speech

On election day, you will give your campaign speeches on behalf of your organelle. You and your partner will give the speech to the class and your flyer will be passed out that day as well.

  • In your speech, you need to convince the voters based on structure and function that your organelle is the most important. You should also address how you will work with the other organelles if you win the election.
  • You and your partner will have 3 minutes to give your speech. Your group will need to submit a transcript of the speech on the same day, complete with references. Be creative, be informative, be accurate in the information you present and most importantly, sell your organelle to the voters! You may be as creative as you wish, as long as you are ethical and school appropriate.

Good luck, and may the best organelle win the election!

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