Evolution Debate: Scopes Monkey Trial

Evolution Debate: Scopes Monkey Trial
Evolution Debate: Scopes Monkey Trial
Evolution Debate: Scopes Monkey Trial
Evolution Debate: Scopes Monkey Trial
Evolution Debate: Scopes Monkey Trial
Evolution Debate: Scopes Monkey Trial
Evolution Debate: Scopes Monkey Trial
Evolution Debate: Scopes Monkey Trial
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This is a continuation of my other 1920's debate lesson plans.

Should evolution continue to be taught in public schools? This is a controversial lesson all done for you! Have students debate with their tables and decide for themselves if evolution or creationism should be taught in schools. This lesson has students read multiple sources on the Scope's Monkey Trial as well as learn the definition of "theory" used in science class by the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine. We must teach this controversial topic, if you feel hesitant about it, use this product and have the sources teach the students for you!

As history educators it's important we teach students how to argue their views with evidence in a civil and respectful manner. This is a perfect one day activity to help students practice debating their beliefs with evidence. If you like using primary and secondary source documents instead of a textbook please check out my other resources. Also, if you like collaborative learning activities my page if full of them.

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Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences the claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
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