In this action-packed and engaging lesson students learn the key philosophical ideas and impact of three important philosophers in Ancient Greece: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
Students will read and answer questions on primary source excerpts from Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle to understand their ideas, including Plato's "Republic" and Socrates' famous "Meno's Square" proof (which students have a blast showing off trying to prove mathematically!). Students learn about the Socratic Method and debate Plato's ideals of "philosopher kings" versus Athenian direct democracy.
The lesson plan includes notes and context for students on the historical situations in Ancient Greece during which the philosophers lived (the Peloponnesian War, the execution of Socrates, Aristotle's role as tutor to Alexander the Great) and asks them to examine how those events may have impacted these philosophers' ideas.
The lesson concludes with students linking and analyzing the influence of classical Greek philosophy on Western culture, government, and media.
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