CRITICAL THINKING | TEXTUAL ANALYSIS | DISTANCE LEARNING | PHILOSOPHY

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CRITICAL THINKING | TEXTUAL ANALYSIS | DISTANCE LEARNING | PHILOSOPHY

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CRITICAL THINKING | TEXTUAL ANALYSIS | DISTANCE LEARNING | PHILOSOPHY

This is a self-contained product on CRITICAL THINKING and TEXTUAL ANALYSIS.

Plato’s Republic is one of the most influential texts of the Western canon and has had a significant role in shaping Western culture.

 

This product is 32 PAGES and 15 SLIDES and includes the following:

  • SIX PAGES OF TEACHER NOTES.  Answers are provided to some of the questions that arise from the sentence by sentence analysis.
  • A breakdown of the excerpt sentence by sentence with writing prompts. EIGHT PAGES AND EIGHT SLIDES.
  • Group questions and individual questions. TWO PAGES AND TWO SLIDES.  The slides are for individual questions.
  • A small excerpt from Plato’s Republic. This excerpt appears in the unit itself but is also included as a separate PDF in the zip file so that you can send it to your students to print if necessary.  It is also in the interactive version.
  • An introduction to Platonic dialogues and this dialogue in particular, and a link to the translation that I use.
  • A sample of student answers. THREE PAGES.
  • Essay questions and discussion questions. One of the essay questions asks for students to answer the following: How does Star Trek’s Prime Directive conflict with telling the truth or Kant’s and Cephalus’ definition of justice?
  • Information from a court case regarding legal responsibility, justice, and guns – the section from The Republic is about returning property – in this case weapons; I’ve included this to help demonstrate how relevant The Republic is in the 21st century.
  • Suggestions on how to read the text at different levels. For instance, using Bloom’s  Taxonomy, the majority of questions ask for comprehension, understanding and application. However, I have included questions of a much higher order: analysis,  judgment, and evaluation. One question asks students to compare this passage to Kant’s Categorical Imperative (information is provided on the Categorical Imperative).
  • CCSS related information on text complexity.
  • A link to the questions for students to use interactively through Classroom™ or other online programs.
  • Instructions for students when using the interactive version.
  • Information on Google Slides™ for teachers and students.

Have your students engage in philosophical questions regarding justice and morality! The theme of justice is often used in AP History and AP English exams. It will be rewarding to both teacher and student alike to partake in the “Big Ideas” spoken about in the new CCSS guidelines. This unit will help guide your students through this difficult, yet accessible, text. This product focuses on a small section of Plato’s Republic; this work is listed as an exemplary information text in the CCSS for Language Arts.

 

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