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Online Lessons for Teachers: Learning Evolution

LESSON 2: 

Who Was Charles Darwin?

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Activity 1—
Darwin's Great Voyage of Discovery

Students complete the annotated map of the voyage of the Beagle with illustrations based on Darwin's observations. Significance of important observations is highlighted.

Students complete the annotated map of the voyage of the Beagle with illustrations based on Darwin's observations but fail to highlight significance of important events.

Students make a very simple map with no illustrations.

Activity 2—
Evolution's Role in History

Students make detailed timelines of natural history and world history from 1543 to the present. They include labels, at least 30 events on each side of the timeline, and identify people and events that influenced Charles Darwin. They relate how world events may have affected the development of evolutionary thought and vice versa.

Students make detailed timelines but include fewer than 30 events and fail to identify people and events that influenced Charles Darwin.

Students make simple timelines or they do not complete the timelines. They do not connect world events to the development of evolutionary thought.


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