This is a student favorite lesson that assesses knowledge of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. Students begin by reading through three "Dear Philosophers" advice column entries from fictional characters. They all have unique problems which modern teenagers can identify with and it is the job of the student to decide whether Confucius, Lao-Tzu or Buddha should respond to the entries with advice. Students then write from the perspective of their chosen philosopher, showcasing their understanding of that particular philosophy. The beauty of this assignment is there isn't a clear cut right answer. You can theoretically make an argument for any of the philosophers to respond if you have a good grasp of the belief systems, although some might fit better than others. This can be used as a creative written test at the end of a unit on Ancient China or as just a fun activity after learning about Eastern philosophy. Also, this is a word file so it is editable.
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