Daily Lessons for Teaching The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

Matt Ridley
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Lesson 1

Objective: Chapter 1 The author opens the first chapter of the novel by alluding to the Red Queen Theory. Essentially, the history of evolution is a never-ending arms race. Each organism competes with every other to pass down more genes. The author thinks this is similar to the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland who keeps running but never makes progress. He establishes this theory and uses his scientific evidence to shape his argument.

1) Essay Writing: With a partner, develop an argument for or against the validity of Global Warming. Together, write a essay in which you provide proof for your argument.

2) Class Discussion: Does the Red Queen Theory seem plausible to you? Why or Why not? Do you feel the author has a lot to prove?

3) Opinion Paragraph: Thus far, how does or doesn't the Red Queen Theory align with your ideas concerning evolution? What have you...

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