Scopes Trial: 1 Day Lesson

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Why did many Tennesseeans support the 1925 Butler Act, which forbade the teaching of evolution? Using several primary source documents and a brief video clip, your young historians will draw connections between the broader historical context of the period and the events of the Scopes trial. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Consider beginning by providing learners with an understanding of the basic premise of creationism, as well as acquainting them with the general historical context of America in the 1920s
Classroom Considerations

  • Check out the left-hand menu for more extended units (i.e. 3-day and 5-day), as well as more nuanced and detailed instruction, on American support for the Butler Act and fundamental skills of historical analysis
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