Why Human Ancestry Matters: Crash Course Big History #205

Genetic variation makes for stronger species, but for a mammalian species, humans are disturbingly closely related. Help your class explore human ancestry and genealogy using the 15th video in a 16-part series. It describes how we became a species and why visual differences hurt our species and cultural differences help.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss racism and why race isn't considered a genetic factor
  • Create a timeline of human history and display the skin color variations, or lack thereof, based on the dates presented in the video
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of human migrations throughout history

  • Includes closed captioning in English for English learners
  • Connects history, geography, science, politics, and more
  • Graphics keep viewers focused on the content

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