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.
Students evaluate several claims based on previous knowledge and information and evidence presented in the film. They also participate in a collaborative discussion of their interpretation of the evidence with their peers. The activity serves as an anticipation guide to focus students on several key concepts covered in the film, such as the natural origin of species and natural selection and adaptation. It can also be used as a pre- and post-assessment.
AP (2012–13 Standards)
1.A.1, 1.A.2, 1.A.4
IB (2009 Standards)
5.4, D2, D5
Middle school: MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2, MS-ESS2-3, MS-LS2.A, MS-LS2.C, MS-LS4.A, MS-LS4.B, MS-LS4.C, MS-ETS1.B
High school: HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-5, HS-LS4.B, HS-LS4.C
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.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.11-12.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.6