Sponsoring Company: HHMI BioInteractive
Use the short film The Biology of Skin Color to
practice argumentation skills of developing claims with supporting evidence and
reasoning techniques. This content can easily connect to learning in units of
genetics, evolution, or cellular structure from middle school through AP/IB
courses. Scaffolds and online learning suggestions included.
1. Biological traits are not inherently good or bad. Some traits can provide an advantage to an organism in certain environments but be a disadvantage in other environments; 2.
Different human populations living many generations in a particular part of the world may have different variations in certain traits. In spite of these differences, all humans are very closely related and share most traits; and 3.
A claim is a statement that answers a question using clear and supporting evidence connected by reasoning.
Chris Hedeen (Oregon City High School: Oregon City, OR), Kathryn Fisher Hedeen (Oregon City High School: Oregon City, OR)