Evolution vs. Creationism Term Paper Assignment
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Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Students should be able to analyze multiple sides of argument or issues related to the evolution/creationism debate
- Students should be able to analyze arguments for creationism (Young Earth, Old Earth and Intelligent Design) in the context of the scientific method and discern what is and is not science
- Students should be able to analyze arguments for creationism (Young Earth, Old Earth and Intelligent Design) and discern what is and is not religion
- Students should be able to analyze and interpret scientific evidence for macro and microevolution.
- Students should be able to analyze and interpret scientific evidence for a 4.5 billion-year-old earth.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- Students should be able to separate emotional responses from rational/critical responses
- Students should develop and improve their ability to ask substantive questions both in writing and class discussions.
- Students should be able to objectively evaluate and defend a viewpoint different than their own
- Students should be able to generate a range of possible solutions for resolution between conflicting viewpoints
Other skills goals for this activity
- Students should be able to formulate and support a thesis through formal writing.
- Students should be able to evaluate the credibility and accuracy of bibliographic sources for use in their research assignments
Description of the activity/assignment
Students explore a major question that includes at least one of the topics explored through class discussion. Some examples include: discussing whether creationism belongs in public schools, exploring the evolution of the creationist movement in the United States or how public perceptions of science has changed since the formal introduction of the theory of evolution.
Determining whether students have met the goals
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