Educator Resources for Scopes Monkey Trial

Monkeys on trial?! In this BrainPOP movie you’ll find out what was at stake in the Scopes "monkey trial!" Tim and Moby will introduce you to the debate between two types of thought, traditionalism and modernity, and they’ll explain how a substitute school teacher named John Scopes got in the middle of their debate in 1925. You’ll learn why Scopes was brought to trial, who represented him, and what the American Civil Liberties Union had to do with it. You’ll also find out who represented the opposing side, who won the case, and what happened after the trial was over. Finally, you’ll find out how and when the question of evolution made it to the U.S. Supreme Court as well as how evolution is treated in classrooms today. We’ll bet you a monkey’s uncle that you’ll love this movie!

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