Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Website Spotlight: Scopes Trial

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Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.


I recommend you begin your enjoyment of this website by reading Douglas Linder's overview essay. [middle of the home screen, underneath the picture]

Each of the websites in this "Famous Trials" series has standard sections on the left sidebar labelled (more or less) as follows:

A. Chronology
B. Biographies/Key Figures
C. Selected Images
D. Excerpts from trial transcripts/Summary of evidence
E. Bibliography and Links

Follow your interests in deciding what parts of this main material to use.

Going beyond these normal categories, I myself found the following items (on the left sidebar) particularly intriguing:

Genesis Stories
Observer's Account
Dayton, Tennessee
Trial Pictures and Cartoons
The Evolution Controversy (this has a ton of material)
John Scopes Reflects (40 years after the trial)
Hell and the High Schools
Trial Jeopardy--could be fun to play with your class.

~~For reviews of the Famous Trials website:

History Matters (The U.S. Survey Course on the Web) (National History Education Clearinghouse)


Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:

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