Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

Expand/Collapse Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial


In 2004, parents and teachers from Dover, PA filed suit in federal court against a school board policy that required biology teachers to present intelligent design as an alternative scientific theory to evolution. The plaintiffs sought to prove that the intention behind the board's policy—to reject evolution and advance a religious agenda—was unconstitutional. These media resources and lesson plan, based on the NOVA program "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial," address some common misperceptions concerning the very meaning of "theory" in science and feature compelling evidence in support of evolution. Also check out the Teacher's Guide for this NOVA program and the professional development course for teachers.

  • Tiktaalik: Evolution of a "Fishapod"

    In this media-rich lesson, students learn about transitional fossils and explore the similarities and differences between the structures of different animals. They focus particularly on Tiktaalik, a transitional fossil between aquatic and terrestrial vertebrates.
    Grades: 9-12
  • Human Chromosome 2

    In this video from NOVA: "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial," learn how modern genetics and molecular biology offer compelling support for evolution. The video features an interview with biologist Ken Miller.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Transitional Tetrapod Fossil

    In this video from NOVA: "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial," learn about the discovery of a well-preserved transitional fossil and how such transitional fossils support the theory of evolution.

    Grades: 6-12
  • What Is a Theory?

    In these two audio interviews from NOVA Online, learn about the difference between the common understanding of the word "theory" and how science uses the term.
    Grades: 6-12

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