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Learning Exercise

Material: Exploring Constitutional Law
Submitted by: William Paquette on Aug 04, 2009
Date Last Modified: Aug 04, 2009
Title: The Scopes Trial
Description: The Scope Trial dealth with the issue of teaching evolution in public schools. The issue remains unresolved.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 3-4 hours.
Topics: Evolution; Charles Darwin; John Scopes; Clarence Darrow; William Jennings Bryan.
Course: U.S. History
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To evaluate whether or not evolution should be taught in public education.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: CLICK "go to material." SCROLL to the bottom of the page. CLICK "Famous Trials." CLICK "Scopes Trial." READ "The Scopes Trial: An Introduction." Answer the following questions: 1. What is the theory of evolution?, 2. Who was Charles Darwin?, 3. What was the state of Tennessee's position about teaching evolution in public schools?, 4. Who was John Scopes?, 5. What crime did Scopes commit?, 6. Who were Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan and what roles did they play in the trial?, 7. Who was H.L. Mencken and what role did he play in the trial?, 8. What was the verdict and on what was the verdict based?, 9. Why was the case appealed and what was the appeals verdict?, 10. What happened to to William Jennings Bryan after the trial?, 11. Why was the Scopes Trial called the Monkey Trial?, 12. Why was the Scopes Trial called the Trial of the Century?, 13. What did Scopes letter years later say?, 14. What does interest in the Scopes Trial tell us about the United States in the 1920s?
Assessment: Paper.
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