The Scopes Trial – A Mini-Unit

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Author:  Scott W. DeWitt

Using the movie Inherit the Wind, text books and internet research students learn about the Scopes Trial.  The analyze the key facts, arguments, individuals and historical events.  Students engage in an analysis of the different media they have used in looking at this famous trial, and how the media impacts the presentation of the facts.  This lesson can be found at  Update on Law-Related Education, 23.1, 1999, pp. 37–38.


As a result of this lesson, students will


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