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Exploring Audience and Purpose with a Single Issue
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Two 50-minute sessions|
- Audience Analysis Inventory
- Define the Purpose, Consider the Audience, and Develop the Thesis
- "Scopes Guilty" article from the New York Times
- Scopes Trial
- Gallery: Monkey Trial
- Monkey Music
- Timeline: Remembering the Scopes Monkey Trial
- Unpublished Photographs from 1925 Tennessee vs. John Scopes "Monkey Trial" Found in Smithsonian Archives
- Inherit the Wind Table of Contents
- Today in History: May 5
- Review resources on the Scopes Monkey Trial and choose materials appropriate for your classroom.
- Make copies or an overhead transparency of the Purpose and Audience Analysis sheet.
- Test the Audience Analysis Inventory on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.