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.
AP (2012-13 Standards):
1.A.1, 1.A.2, 1.A.4
IB (2009 Standards):
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
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