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Free Will vs Predestination - Philosophy in a Day

Free Will vs Predestination - Philosophy in a Day
Free Will vs Predestination - Philosophy in a Day
Free Will vs Predestination - Philosophy in a Day
Free Will vs Predestination - Philosophy in a Day
Free Will vs Predestination - Philosophy in a Day
Free Will vs Predestination - Philosophy in a Day
Free Will vs Predestination - Philosophy in a Day
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As an English teacher, I liked to believe the literature I used and the way I taught it allowed students to experience philosophy, at least to a small degree. This assignment takes their understanding and questioning further than any other I used.

If your school is like mine and doesn't even have a philosophy option, then this could serve as the one time your students are exposed to some of the ideas. Make it count by knowing the terms mentioned in the lesson or by having them look the words up.

The questions in the lesson are modern-day scenarios based on questions people have been asking for thousands of years. I had students who were not interested in ANY other assignment all year suddenly get involved in this one. Why? Because this assignment discusses what life is all about. In one page.

I include a google form, but you might want to enlist the help of a google pro to help get that set up. The normal questionnaire that I used successfully for many years is also par of the download. I used this assignment first with the play Coming Through the Rye. I'd recommend the play with older students. It was also used in conjunction with "The Bet" and Lord of the Flies (in a search for meaning unit). It would fit well with an American Dream-themed unit, too. Catcher in the Rye. Tale of Two Cities. Robert Frost's path in the woods poem. Any story that requires decision-making.

The main thing is to become the authority on some of this. Students will want answers, and you need to know something about the answers (or those who have presented answers). or use it as a beginning for their own research (I never had time to go further than one class).

This will work very well in a philosophy or religion class at the beginning, but it could also work in some social studies or science classes, as well. I used it in English to go with literature, but all subjects try to explain things, so a short lesson that questions everything might be perfect.
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