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Fact Patterns: A Film Guide

Summary

Students are challenged to identify “fact patterns,” or patterns that emerge from a collection of different facts and observations, and draw conclusions about what they suggest.

This activity supports the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. As students watch the film, they check off observations made by Charles Darwin and/or Alfred Russel Wallace. They then compare the patterns of facts and observations made by the two naturalists and answer questions about what these patterns suggest.

After completing this activity students will be able to:
•     evaluate claims based on information and evidence presented in the film; and
•     participate in a collaborative discussion of their interpretation of the evidence.


Curriculum Connections:

AP (2012-13 Standards):
1.A.1, 1.A.2, 1.A.4

IB (2009 Standards):
5.4, D2

NGSS:
MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2, MS-ESS2-3, HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-5, MS-LS2.A, MS-LS2.C, MS-LS4.A, MS-LS4.B, MS-LS4.C, HS-LS4.B, HS-LS4.C

Common Core:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.6


Supporting Materials (5)

Classroom Resource
This activity serves as a supplement to the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students read and analyze excerpts from texts written by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and answer questions about the information presented, developing their nonfiction reading comprehension.
Classroom Resource
This activity supports the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students are presented with a map of the Malay Archipelago and some field notebooks with observations of animals. By plotting which animals are found on which island, the students discover the Wallace Line—a sharp boundary that separates distinct Asian and Australian fauna. 
Classroom Resource
This activity supports the viewing of the film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Before and after watching the film, students discuss and evaluate several statements about Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace, and the specific evidence that led each of them to the theory of evolution by natural selection. 
Film Guides
The following classroom-ready resources complement The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory, which tells the story of the epic adventures of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace and of the evidence they gathered for the theory of evolution by means of natural selection.
Short Film
The epic voyages of Darwin and Wallace led each to independently discover the natural origin of species and to formulate the theory of evolution by natural selection.

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