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Learning Exercise: What Darwin Discovered

Title:
What Darwin Discovered
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Only part of our scientific legacy of ideas on evolution came from Darwin. What was Darwin's discovery about evolution? What scientific ideas that were around before Darwin's discovery did he use for his work? In other words, what ideas provided Darwin with a foundation for new discoveries about evolution?
Course: Teaching Evolution: Online Course for Teachers

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Submitted by:
Nancy J. Pelaez
Date Last Modified:
July 26, 2005

Exercise






Source
Material


Use your textbooks and the Web resources to prepare and write your answer using a word processor!



Use sessions 1 and 2 of the Evolution course for teachers web site. (Interactive Web: © 2001 Teaching Evolution: Online Course for Teachers is a co-production of WGBH/NOVA Science Unit and Clear Blue Sky Productions, Inc.) Copy and paste these URLs into your browser, because you will use them frequently. Make a habit of accessing these Web pages and then open another browser window for CPR. Two sources you should bookmark are


http://scied.fullerton.edu/biol409/intro.html
and



http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/educators/course/


Use information you gather as you complete Sessions 1 and 2 of the Online Evolution Course for Teachers along with assigned textbook readings. You may find it helpful to complete the following optional assignments as described in the Online Course: Create your own timeline of evolutionary thought
from the ancient Greeks to the present. Or access the Timeline of Evolutionary
Thought at
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/evotmline.html


Textbooks


Zimmer, Carl. Evolution, HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY, 2001. ISBN 0060199067, chapters 1 and 2.


Optional


Volpe, E.P. & Rosenbaum, P.A. Understanding Evolution, McGraw Hill, 2000. ISBN 0697051374. Chapters 1 and 2.



When you are ready, write and save your essay on your desktop computer and then copy it and paste it into the CPR text box. Access the tutorial link and learn to use html to indicate paragraphs. You must meet the deadlines!













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Source Material Resources:
Online
Sessions
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Use Online Sessions 1 and 2.

URL: http://scied.fullerton.edu/biol409/intro.html









Writing
Prompt


Only part of our scientific legacy of ideas on evolution came from Darwin. What was Darwin’s discovery about evolution? What scientific ideas were around before Darwin's discovery, and how did he use these for his work? In other words, what ideas provided Darwin with a foundation for new discoveries about evolution? Was Darwin’s discovery fact, theory, or hypothesis?

Write your essay using a word processor to take advantage of the spell check/grammar and word count functions. Pay attention to the CPR word limit. Be brief and make your points in as few words as possible. Your references must fit within the maximum word count.



Add the appropriate HTML bracket codes before copying and pasting your text into CPR.



ALWAYS check your formatting with the "Preview Text" button. This will show you exactly how your essay will appear to the reviewers.



Submit your essay by the deadline at
http://cpr.molsci.ucla.edu
!

Additional Information: http://cpr.molsci.ucla.edu

Audience

  • College General Ed
  • Graduate School
  • Professional

Topics

evolution, fact, theory, hypothesis, nature of science

Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson students will know: The nature of scientific processes; The value and limitations of scientific process; The scientist's use of terms such as fact, law, theory, and hypothesis; Change is a constant in science; As we learn more through new observations and evidence, our understanding of the world changes; The differences between the theories of evolution proposed by Darwin, Wallace, and Lamarck; How Darwin used processes of science to develop his theory of evolution. Students will be able to Identify the kinds of evidence sufficient to reject or accept a hypothesis

Type of Task

  • Core activity
  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Unsupervised

Technical Notes

Students may need help formatting paragraphs with the use of html tags.




        
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