Writing Assignment #3: Scientists Writing for Students – Textbook Passage on Cultural Evolution (6 – 8 pp.)
You have been asked to write a chapter section for a college evolution textbook on the advent of “Cultural Evolution”. The primary goal is to provide an overview of research on this topic, and present the material in a logical sequence, organized under several subheadings. Your starting point should be a definition of culture, which should address the important question, of whether culture is just a human phenomenon. Since this is an instructional writing piece, scientific terminology should be given special attention (e.g. bold type, and definitions provided in parentheses when terms are introduced).
Learning Goals: Developing skill in instructional writing, clear organization of topics within a broader work, appropriately introducing and defining scientific terminology, properly citing references
Dobzhansky et.al., Evolution
Goldsmith and Zimmerman, Biology, Evolution and Human Nature
Darwin, The Origin of Species
Informal Writing Assignments: Chapter summary, sketch of important ideas