DIRECTIONS: Read the assignment prompt. Use the material in the right pane to review the sources and your answers from the Inquiry page, by selecting a source and then using the tabs. Compose your answer in the box on the left. Use the email form to send your answer to your instructor.

ASSIGNMENT: The Scopes trial is most commonly remembered as a dramatic clash between those who believed in evolution and those who believed that God created the world in seven days. However, the controversy surrounding the Scopes trial was, in fact, more complicated. How was the controversy surrounding the Scopes trial more complicated than a simple debate between evolutionists and creationists?




These definitions should help with reading comprehension.

  • menaced: threatened
  • enlightened: free of ignorance, prejudice, or superstition; open-minded

Historian Think Aloud

Professor Joy Williamson is examining the American Federation of Teachers' statement about the Scopes trial.

Using the Think Aloud

Listen to educator Daisy Martin explain how to use the Think Aloud in analyzing the document.

High Schools

Listen to Historian Mike O'Malley explain the importance of high schools in American education during the 1920s.

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