The Making of a Theory—Fact or Fiction

This is part of: The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory
The Making of a Theory—Fact or Fiction


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. 

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Curriculum Connections:

  • AP Biology (2012-2013) - 3
  • IB Biology (2009) - 3
  • NGSS (2013) LS - 13
  • NGSS (2013) ESS - 1
  • Common Core (2010) - 15
AP Biology (2012-2013)
1.A.1, 1.A.2, 1.A.4
IB Biology (2009)
5.4, D2, D5
NGSS (2013) LS
Middle school: MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2, 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
NGSS (2013) ESS
Common Core (2010)
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