This assignment challenges you to put together many of the key concepts we’ve covered in this class in units 1 and 2, and to successfully apply them, using a bit of imagination. Read the directions below, and write your answer. Turn in your answer as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Double-space your answer.
(By the way, this assignment is where you test yourself to see if you’ve really mastered the ideas you need to have mastered up to this point in the course. I’m checking to see that. It’s not an assignment to be done in a hurry. So, if you’re unsure about any of the concepts involved, this is the time to go back and really work on getting them before you complete the assignment. That’s what this assignment is for!)
Imagine that there is a kind of animal called a “critter.” At first, there is only one species of critter. For this writing assignment, your job is to describe how that one species evolves into two separate species that have several important traits that differ from each other.
Your description must make use of the following concepts, identifying each one by NAME, EXPLAINING what each concept means, and APPLYING the concept to the story of how the one species of critter evolved into two, separate species:
You are not required to use the concepts in the order listed above. However, by the end of your description it should be clear how the evolution occurred, how each of these concepts was involved in the process, and how the resulting two species differ from each other as a result of this evolutionary process.
Please examine the GRADING RUBRIC (below) to see how your answer will be evaluated. Note how it requires each concept to be NAMED, each one to be fully EXPLAINED, and each one to be APPLIED to the evolution of the critter into two separate species.
There is no official minimum length. However, if your answer is less than about 350 words, I suggest that you have not written enough to answer the question thoroughly, to really show you know the concepts in question – and you probably want to shoot for more than the bare minimum if you’re trying for a high score! (I tried answering this question myself. My answer was 420 words long. It was about one and a half pages, double-spaced.)
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