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"Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Connect"

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Tracy Meanor

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Transcript of "Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Connect"

Respond to this question:
Is our behavior influenced by the behavior of people around us?
Warm Up Directions:
Today's Goal (Objective)
"Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Connect"
January 19, 2016
(Pt. 2) Thinking like a detective
"Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Connect"
Exit Ticket
SWBAT delineate and evaluate an author’s claims & determine the technical meanings of words used in text
You need to be critical about the texts you read.
This story will give you an opportunity to
a science writer's claims about a topic of high interest
contagion (n):
a disease spread by people in close contact with others
coordination of events to operate a system in unison
empathy (n):
the ability to understand and share the feelings of another
synchronization (adj):
cognition (n):
the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.
implication (n):
the action or state of being involved in something.
Sherlock Holmes
Mystery A:
In what ways are the laughing humans described in the first paragraph like the playful chimps de Waal observes?

Mystery B:
Find out what the author, Frans de Waal, means when he says “running when others run” relates to feeling empathy.

Mystery C:
Look back through lines 84-102 about the “ghost box” and explain how the experiment concluded. Based on the evidence in those lines, identify the claim de Waal is making.
(Pt. 3) Mapping the Text
Identify the
and the
the author states in the text
Using the information found in the story, identify HOW primate (ape) behavior imitates human behavior
For humans, laughter is contagious. Its easier to laugh when others are laughing (L. 7-8). Similarly, for apes, play is contagious (L.15-16). They encourage each other to have fun. Apes and humans have attuned to each other's actions
Moving our bodies in the same way others do is the 1st stage of empathy, or being able to imagine how they feel.
The experiment concluded by the apes first watching the observed manipulation and then imitating the same actions. The claim in this portion of the text is that apes need to imitate their peers in order to learn (L. 103-104)
Which excerpt from the selection best indicates our ability to re-create what we’ve seen others do:

(A) “The body produces internal sensations and communicates with other bodies, out of which we construct social connections and an appreciation of the surrounding reality” (L. 108-110)

(B) “We’re beginning to realize how much human and animal cognition runs via the body. Instead of our brain being like a little computer that orders the body around, the body-brain relation is a two-way street.” (L. 105-108)

(C) “The field of “embodied” cognition is still very much in its infancy but has profound implications for how we look at human relations. We involuntarily enter the bodies of those around us so that their movements and emotions echo within us as if they’re our own. This is what allows us, or other primates, to re-create what we have seen others do.” (L. 124-129)..

(D) “Body mapping is mostly hidden or unconscious, but sometimes it “slips out,” such as when the parents make chewing mouth movements while spoon-feeding their baby.” (L. 129-131)

What does the author mean when he uses the word
(L. 124-125)?

(A) outcome

(B) consequence

(C) learning

(D) producing

Which of the following phrases
best identifies
the author’s claim?

(A) It is valuable for us to study primate behavior

(B) Body mapping is mostly hidden

(C) Identification draws us in and makes us adopt the situation, emotions, and behavior of those we’re close to.

(D) The herd instinct produces weird phenomena

Warm Up Activity:
What did the author, de Waal, identify as common behavioral traits among humans and chimpanzees?
Whole Group: Midterm prep
group race Game
. Work in your assigned groups

. Use the pieces of text to assemble Frans de Waal's CLAIM in the right order

. The first team to successfully put together the claim in chronological order wins the prize
Jakai, Jaidyn, Rayneir
Andrew, Enyce, Alfuquan
Katyria, Tyshireh, Miguel
Tyron, Chase, Jeremiah
Esdras, JeanLuis, Michael M.
Michael F, Keyshawn, David
Independent: Claim
Identify the
and the
the author states in the text
Man is intrigued by contagious behaviors such as yawns, play, and laughter and, as a result, researches primate behavior in an attempt to learn more about humans
Which sentence provides a brief summary of the text?
Man studies chimpanzees and learns that they imitate each other
Woman studies chimpanzee’s behavior and learns that their emotions are similar to those of homo sapiens
Man is intrigued by contagious anxiety and investigates phenomena through researching chimpanzees
What evidence is provided to prove that interdependence, or the fact that people need one another, is the glue that holds societies together?
One world leader imitated the walk of another which shows the deep level of connection among individuals and, ultimately, whole societies.
Children follow their parents and look up to the them for guidance.
For humans, laughter is contagious. It is easier to laugh when others are also laughing.
The chimps actually did not respond to it as well as they responded to being taught by another chimp how to open and close the box. This suggests that interaction is crucial to learning new skills.
Which statement provides the strongest analysis of the following excerpt: “...
Homo sapiens
is remarkably easily swayed in one emotional direction or another by its fellows.” (L. 24-26)
de Waal uses a light, conversational tone throughout the essay. His initial references to laughter establish the tone right away.
Humans share “primate sensitivity” that influences a variety of actions. Support is offered throughout the article in examples from yawning to laughing to speaking and making choices.
de Waal argues that empathy developed from the way Homo sapiens are in tune with one another. In support of his argument he provides examples of how people and other primates are in tune to do as others do, such as yawn or laugh when others are yawning or laughing.
Identify the most convincing piece of evidence that deWaal uses to convince the reader of his claim that “Human behavior is influenced by the behavior of others." Then, explain why this is persuasive.
Exit Ticket:
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