Lesson Plan: DNA in Prokaryotes Biology

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe the structures that contain DNA within prokaryotic cells.


Students will be able to

  • recall that DNA is contained in prokaryotes in the form of a chromosomal loop and plasmids,
  • describe the structure of plasmids and a chromosomal loop,
  • compare the arrangement of DNA in prokaryotic cells with that of eukaryotic cells,
  • use knowledge of prokaryotic DNA to suggest ideas about the evolution of chloroplast and mitochondria.


Students should already be familiar with

  • bacteria being examples of prokaryotes,
  • DNA as the genetic material.


Students will not cover

  • genetic material or structure of viruses.

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