Evolution: DNA and the Unity of Life is an eight-week, comprehensive curriculum unit that sharply illuminates the underlying role of genetics in evolution by maintaining a conceptual connection to DNA and heredity throughout. Through paper-based and interactive multimedia lessons, the unit aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by engaging students in questioning, using models, identifying patterns, analyzing skill-level appropriate data from published scientific studies, and constructing evidence-based arguments.
The unit’s lessons are organized into five modules that are each structured round a guiding question. Modules can be used individually or together in sequence. When used in their entirety and in the suggested sequence, the modules establish an understanding of DNA as a blueprint for all living things, and how it underlies variations in traits that are acted upon by natural selection leading to the diversity of life. A scaffolded claims-evidence- reasoning framework is integrated into the unit to incrementally build skill in constructing arguments from evidence over the course of the module sequence.
- Complete Evolution curriculum unit
- Integration of underlying genetics concepts
- Scaffolded approach to building the skill of Argumentation from Evidence
- Real data, re-packaged in a way that is easy for students to work with