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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution

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SESSION 2: How Does Darwin's Theory Illustrate the Process of Science?

Resources for SESSION 2

Resources marked with an * are designed to help you teach this topic in your classroom.

Evolution Project Resources

Teacher's Guide

Unit 2: Who Was Charles Darwin?* (pdf)

Lessons for Students

Lesson 2: Who Was Charles Darwin?*

Videos for Students


Isn't Evolution Just a Theory?*


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How Does Evolution Really Work?*


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Video Segments


Darwin: Reluctant Rebel


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Red Queen


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TV Series


Show 1: Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Other Library Resources


Introduction to On the Origin of Species


Darwin's Letters: Collecting Evidence


Darwin's Letter to Lyell


Darwin's Journal (excerpt from The Voyage of the Beagle)


Jean Lamarck: " Zoological Philosophy"


Alfred Russel Wallace: "On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely from the Original Type"

Other Resources

External Web Links


Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science
This site offers an online version of a very useful publication, Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science. Refer to or use Activity 7-Proposing the Theory of Biological Evolution: Historical Perspective.


A History of Evolutionary Thought
The University of California, Berkeley, Museum of Paleontology Web site includes a history of evolutionary thought.


Early Theories of Evolution
Palomar College's Web site includes a tutorial on the early (pre-Darwinian) theories of evolution.


Biology Web Site References for Students and Teachers
This site links to many other Web sites on evolution and population genetics.


Talk.Origins Web site explores the controversy between creationism and evolution, with background articles on evolution.


The Online Works of Charles Darwin
This site includes online versions of Darwin's books, The Voyage of the Beagle, The Origin of Species, and The Descent of Man.


NSTA Galapagos Education site
Interesting site on activities and resources for teaching about the Galapagos Islands and evolution, from the National Science Teachers Association.


Virtual Tour of the Galapagos Islands
This site includes a more recent virtual expedition to the Galapagos Islands.


Darwin Foundation Web site
The Web site of the Charles Darwin Foundation that supports research in the Galapagos Islands includes images, videos, reports, and maps.


Galapagos Coalition Web site
The Web site of The Galapagos Coalition describes the relationship between the conservation of the Galapagos and human activities.



AAAS. Benchmarks for Science Literacy. New York City: Oxford University Press, 1993.


Appleman, Phillip. Darwin. 3d ed. New York City: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 2001.


Barrett, Paul, ed. The Collected Papers of Charles Darwin. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1977.


Benz, Richard. Ecology and Evolution: Islands of Change. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press, 2000.


Browne, Janet. Charles Darwin: Voyaging. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995.


Burkhardt, Frederick, ed. Charles Darwin's Letters: A Selection 1825-1859. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1998.


Dennett. Daniel. Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life. New York City: Simon and Schuster, 1995.


Darwin, Charles. Voyage of the Beagle. New York City: Penguin Putnam Inc., 1839 (reprint 1989).


Darwin, Charles. The Origin of Species. New York City: The Modern Library, 1993.


Darwin, Charles. The Autobiography of Charles Darwin. New York City: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1958.


Dawkins, Richard. The Blind Watchmaker. New York City: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1996.


Dawkins, Richard. The Selfish Gene. New York City: Oxford University Press, 1990.


Desmond, Adrian, and James Moore. Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist. New York City: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1994.


Jones, Steve. Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of Species Updated. New York City: Random House, 2000.


Mayr, Ernst. The Growth of Biological Thought: Diversity, Evolution, and Inheritance. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1982.


Miller, Ken. Finding Darwin's God. New York City: Cliff Street Books, 2000.


Moore, John. From Genesis to Genetics. Berkley: University of California Press, 2001.


Moore, John. Science As a Way of Knowing: The Foundations of Modern Biology. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993.


National Academy of Sciences. Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1998.


National Research Council. National Science Education Standards. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1996.


Patterson, Colin. Evolution. 2d ed. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1999.


Ridley, Mark, ed. The Darwin Reader. New York City: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1996.


Strickberger, Monroe. Evolution. 3d ed. Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2000.


Weiner, Jonathan. The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time. New York City: Vintage Books, Random House, Inc., 1995.


White, Michael, and John Gribbin. Darwin: A Life in Science. New York City: Penguin Books USA, 1997.


Zimmer, Carl. At the Water's Edge. New York City: Touchstone Books, 1999.



TimeLiner 5.0. Program that creates, illustrates, and prints timelines. (Available from Tom Snyder Productions at 1-800-342-0236.)

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