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Teacher's Guide: Hints for the Active Learning Questions

1. Students' cartoons should be evaluated for appropriateness and then posted in the classroom for class discussion.

2. The dialogs should accurately represent the two men's views.

1a. Bryan captured the South in each election.

1b. Bryan's popularity in the South as a presidential candidate made it likely that he would be popular among Dayton residents during the Scopes Trial.

2. The states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and West Virginia. Questions about the teaching of evolution have arisen in more than half of the states, many of these in the South but also in most of the other regions of the country.

1a. They hoped the trial would attract people to Dayton, who would then spend money, boosting town businesses.

1b. If students are unaware of any such events, they could seek help from their parents, the local Chamber of Commerce, a local history museum, or a local government official.

2. Groups should explain and defend their positions on the trials.

1. During this debate, students should discuss the degree to which they believe an individual's economic success reflects his or her efforts, as opposed to factors over which he or she has little or no control (such as health or family background, or general economic conditions).

2. You might require students to submit their choices ahead of time to prevent repetition. To encourage students to seek out new selections, you might also choose not to allow particularly well-known speeches, such as Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech or the Gettysburg Address.

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