Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The student will take notes from teacher lecture about Charles Darwin and the background of THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE.
The student will identify the various things that Darwin begins studying right from the outset of his trip.
1. Teacher lecture: Begin by pointing out that this book was written before Darwin's controversial THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, although the exploration at Galapagos is the springboard for that work. Discuss Darwin's background and education and the contribution and influence of the Rev. Professor Henslow. Mention also the various scientific works Darwin refers to in his preface. It is also important to have the students understand that Darwin was, at the time of the voyage, a self-proclaimed amateur naturalist.
2. From the fist chapter, call the students' attention to the specific things Darwin began studying immediately--flora, fauna, and geological formations. Make it clear that the work...
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