Critical Thinking: What is Textual Analysis #2: THE REPUBLIC (Philosophy)

Critical Thinking: What is Textual Analysis #2: THE REPUBLIC (Philosophy)
Critical Thinking: What is Textual Analysis #2: THE REPUBLIC (Philosophy)
Critical Thinking: What is Textual Analysis #2: THE REPUBLIC (Philosophy)
Critical Thinking: What is Textual Analysis #2: THE REPUBLIC (Philosophy)
Critical Thinking: What is Textual Analysis #2: THE REPUBLIC (Philosophy)
Critical Thinking: What is Textual Analysis #2: THE REPUBLIC (Philosophy)
Critical Thinking: What is Textual Analysis #2: THE REPUBLIC (Philosophy)
Critical Thinking: What is Textual Analysis #2: THE REPUBLIC (Philosophy)
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Critical Thinking; Textual Analysis; The Great Books; Higher Order Thinking Skills; Philosophy


This is a self-contained unit on textual analysis; everything you need is here. The material is ready to go - print or send to your students.


ANALYZING THE GREAT BOOKS - PHILOSOPHY: Plato's Republic (small extract only)

This unit focuses on a small section of Plato’s Republic; this work is listed as text exemplar in the CCSS English Language Arts Appendix B.

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.

Achieve positive results in creating analytical thinkers by nurturing your students’ abilities and giving them the necessary tools to develop critical reasoning skills. This can be achieved through close textual analysis of small sections of the Great Books.

While all of my units on TpT engage students in complex, higher-order thinking, my philosophy units especially do so.


➢ 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 (one version with a watermark and another without) so that you can send it to your students to print if necessary.

➢ CCSS information on text complexity.

➢ 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).

➢ A breakdown of the excerpt sentence by sentence with writing prompts.

➢ Answers are provided to some of the questions that arise from the sentence by sentence analysis.

➢ Images of Socrates, Plato, Kant, and the text in Greek.

➢ Group questions and individual questions.

➢ Essay questions and discussion questions. One of the essay questions asks for students to compare the passage from The Republic to Star Trek.

➢ 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.

➢ Questions aligned with ELA-Literacy CCSS 9-12 – in particular with the standards listed below.

➢ If you are interested in this activity on Book I of the Republic you may be interested in my other units on TpT on the same section of the text (including a bundled unit). These units have various assignments including discussion questions, essay topics, teacher notes, test questions, etc. - click on the links below to see what is included.

Socrates - three units combined

Higher Order Thinking Skills/High School HOTS - the Republic

You may find the following unit - also on Socrates - more accessible for younger students:

The Socratic Method












The ELA Common Core State Standards require students to learn how to read texts carefully:

“As a natural outgrowth of meeting the charge to define college and career readiness, the Standards also lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the twenty-first century. Indeed, the skills and understandings students are expected to demonstrate have wide applicability outside the classroom or workplace. Students who meet the Standards readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works of literature. They habitually perform the critical reading necessary to pick carefully through the staggering amount of information available today in print and digitally. They actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews. They reflexively demonstrate the cogent reasoning and use of evidence that is essential to both private deliberation and responsible citizenship in a democratic republic. In short, students who meet the Standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language.” English Language Arts Standards | Home | English Language Arts


You don’t need to teach entire works, just short excerpts of the Great Books, to engage students in complex, higher-order thinking and other skills deemed essential in the new CCSS guidelines.

You may be interested in my HOTS unit on the Republic. Have a look at it here:

What is Textual Analysis? Tocqueville

You may find the following unit - also on Socrates - more accessible for younger students:

The Socratic Method


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