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.
These guides and quiz support the short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. The “At a Glance Film Guide” provides a short summary of the film, along with key concepts and ties to selected curricula and textbooks. The “In-Depth Film Guide for Teachers” includes a more detailed summary and background information, discussion points, lists of related resources and references, and answers to the accompanying student “Quiz.” The "Quiz" is designed as a summative assessment that probes student understanding of the key concepts addressed in the film. These documents are updated as new information and resources become available.
Note: The guides and quiz were revised October 2014 to incorporate field-testers' comments. The In-Depth-Guide was also revised to include film pause points and discussion questions.
AP Biology (2012–13 Standards)
1.A.1, 1.A.2, 1.A.4
IB (2009 Standards)
5.4, D2, D5
NGSS (April 2013)
MS-LS2-4, MS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-5, MS-LS4.A, MS-LS4.B, MS-LS4.C, MS-ESS1.C, HS-LS4.A, HS-LS4.B, HS-LS4.C