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The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Poetry and Ideas
Consider Robinson Jeffers' philosophy of life, which he called Inhumanism, by looking at two poems, "Credo" and "The Place for No Story," and an included handout. Class members discuss the meaning of Inhumanism and connect the ideas to the poetry.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Power of Nonviolence: Change Through Strategic Nonviolent Action
How did major historical figures, such as Henry David Thoreau, Susan B. Anthony, and Mohandas K. Gandhi, explain and defend their beliefs in nonviolence? Your learners will begin by studying the backgrounds of these individuals, and then after defining such terms as philosophy and tactics, will work in groups to develop nonviolent strategies in response to given hypothetical situations.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Need a handy reference for Western or Eastern philosophy or philosophers? How about the philosophy of science? Want information about the Milesian school? Eleatic philosophy? Neo-Confucianism or Biological Sociology? This is THE reference for lovers of ideas.
11th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History
Advice to Youth on Things Now GONE
What are your pupils' life philosophies? Help them explore their beliefs in this lesson, which uses the Switchfoot song "Gone" and Robert Herrick's poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time." The lesson includes a graphic organizer and prompts pupils to watch a scene from Dead Poet's Society (not included) to open the activity.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
How Do You Know You Exist?
Consider one of the most fundamental questions of philosophy posed by Rene Descartes in his Meditations on First Philosophy: How do we really know we exist? This animated video is accompanied by multiple-choice assessment questions, extension resources, and discussion questions.
3 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Early Greek Science and Philosophy
There are fundamental principles that nearly everybody knows about. Define the principles of Golden Mean, Fibonacci Numbers, creativity, and matter in terms of their Greek origins. Presented here are brief histories, philosophies, and teachings of some of Greece's greatest thinkers.
10th - 12th Math
Classical Greek Philosophy
Divided into three different slideshows, this presentation first introduces Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. The second set of slides deepens the analysis of the philosophers and their ideas, and the third section compares each school of thought against the other.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History
Philosophy of Life Collage
Students create a collage that displays their philosophy of life. In this life philosophy lesson plan, students research artifacts that tell about life, listen to songs, discuss how they can relate to these arts, and then make their own collage about life philosophies.
7th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Philosophy of Social Studies Education
Learn how to distinguish between curriculum and instruction. Utilize concept mapping strategies to organize a philosophy of elementary social studies education. Your class will be able to explain the process they underwent to organize their information and to identify their categorical headings.
Higher Ed Social Studies & History
Who am I? What is happiness? In the beginning, was there something or nothing? You'll love the ideas in a reference app devoted to philosophy. Scroll through the thoughts of a particular thinker, see what a variety of philosophers have to say about a concept, and create a list of your favorite ideas.
9th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History
The Political is Personal
Students examine their own political party affiliations and political beliefs. After reading an article, they discuss how students at Duke define their political philosophies. They brainstorm events, people and experiences that have shaped their own political philosophies and write an essay outlining their philosophy.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
James: Present Dilemma in Philosophy, What Pragmatism Means
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students read selections from William James's Present Dilemma in Philosophy and then respond to 10 multiple choice and short answer questions. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History
Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics by Immanuel Kant. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History