This is a writing assignment that goes along with the PBS documentary on Gun, Germs, and Steel (based on the book by Jared Diamond). After viewing the show, use this assignment to assess students’ understanding of the argument posed by scientist Jared Diamond. This assignment can be modified in multiple ways, and I have included 3 modifications. Version One provides students with the topic/thesis statement they are to use for their outline and it does not require students to write a full written essay. Version Two does not provide students with a topic/thesis statement, but like v1, it does not require a full written essay. Version Three does not provide a topic/thesis statement and this version does require the essay component.