Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Darwin @ the Comics! (#2 of 3) - Section 4: Closure: What did we learn? Where do we go from here?


"Pro-creation" (not in the sense of reproduction, mind you) or "Pro-Darwin"?

The great thing about this pre-assessment is that students are quite free to express their thinking however they wish for it is just that; a forum to share (in a tangible and visual manner) their perspective on what can be rightly recognized as a pretty controversial issue. 

In the case of this student's cartoon, she chose to capture the tension that many people feel when they perceive the issue as binary: where one or the other side is the only correct path to take. 

What is funny (to me) in this sample is the lackadaisical attitude taken by the bystander. He really wasn't paying attention to either spokesperson for their respective ideology. Could this be an insightful commentary on adolescents or simply non-science folks of all ages?

Things that make you go "Hmmm..." Do you have any bystanders in your class, as neighbors, or family members?

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Darwin @ the Comics! (#2 of 3)

Unit 6: 6) Exploring Change ("The Theory of Natural Selection")
Lesson 2 of 15

Objective: 1. Students will creatively express (communicate) their understanding (pre-assessment) of Charles Darwin and his theory. 2. Students will understand the various opinions of students regarding The Theory of Natural Selection (aka “evolution”) and suggest reasons for these different points-of-view.

Big Idea: Charles Darwin and his Theory are interpreted in widely different ways by equally different people. Comics can be used to convey these ideas in graphical ways.

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Science, natural selection (Evolution), Differentiated Instruction, Performance Assessment
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