Charles Darwin Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan will provide you with important vocabulary and discussion topics related to Charles Darwin and his contribution to the theory of evolution. Various activities about these topics are delineated as well.

Learning Objectives

Once students have finished watching and learning about these two lessons on Charles Darwin, they should be able to:

  • Offer up a brief biography of Charles Darwin
  • Explain Darwin's contribution to the concept of evolution
  • Understand how Darwin came up with his theories
  • Offer up examples of natural selection and adaptation other than those that Darwin found

Length

30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1.c

Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Key Vocabulary

  • Natural selection
  • Evolution
  • Adaption
  • Fitness
  • Survival of the fittest

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