Scopes Monkey Trial

Monkeys on trial?! In this BrainPOP movie you’ll find out what was at stake in the Scopes "monkey trial!" Tim and Moby will introduce you to the debate between two types of thought, traditionalism and modernity, and they’ll explain how a substitute school teacher named John Scopes got in the middle of their debate in 1925. You’ll learn why Scopes was brought to trial, who represented him, and what the American Civil Liberties Union had to do with it. You’ll also find out who represented the opposing side, who won the case, and what happened after the trial was over. Finally, you’ll find out how and when the question of evolution made it to the U.S. Supreme Court as well as how evolution is treated in classrooms today. We’ll bet you a monkey’s uncle that you’ll love this movie!

Constitutional Law Lesson Plan: Do I Have a Right? Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including an online game) to explore constitutional law and citizen's rights. Students will apply informational text skills as they learn to identify whether a constitutional right is being violated and match a given legal right to the constitutional amendment that protects it. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Scopes Monkey Trial Lesson Plan: Social & Political Impact Debate

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 9-12, students use BrainPOP resources to understand the debate between the viewpoints of traditionalists and modernists in the 1920s. Students will debate the teaching of evolution vs. intelligent design in schools, and understand the social and political impact of the Scopes Monkey Trial on the United States. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

U.S. History Lesson Plan: Exploring Cause and Effect

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students select two topics in United States history and use BrainPOP resources to explore the relationship between those topics. Students will work collaboratively to determine the cause and effect relationships and present their research to the class in a creative format of their choice. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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