The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory
Tips From Teachers
“This short video is an excellent depiction of how the theory of evolution came to be. It presents its history primarily from Wallace's perspective, which is a nice change, considering that most students know only about Darwin's contributions. The format is engaging and includes dramatizations interspersed between live-action scenes. It is appropriate for students in a general biology or AP Biology class and exciting enough to hold their attention.” -- Jeffrey D. Sack, American Biology Teacher, April 2014
- AP Biology (2012-2013) - 10
- AP Biology (2012-2013)
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65Film GuideFilm Guides: The Origin of Species: The Making of a TheoryThe 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.
55ActivityThe Making of a Theory—Fact or FictionThis 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.
45ActivityDiscovering the Wallace LineThis 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.
30ActivityReading Primary Sources: Darwin and WallaceThis 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.