Why do seemingly ordinary, good people sometimes do horrible things? In both of their experiments, Stanley Milgram and Phillip Zimbardo tried to provide a conclusive answer to this haunting question. Their endeavors resulted in two of the most controversial psychology experiments to date. In this lesson, students will not only obtain knowledge about the basics of Milgram's Obedience Experiment and Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment, but will come to understand why at times wholesome people commit very questionable actions.
Throughout this lesson students will:
1) Participate in a Bell Ringer activity that simulates what occurred during Milgram's experiment and discuss their participation in the simulation.
2) Watch a video clip regarding Milgram's experiment and answer questions about it.
3) Read an article about Zimbardo's experiment and answer related questions.
4) Analyze a documentary about the My Lai Massacre during Vietnam and determine how both experiments explain the atrocities committed by Americans at this time.
5) Finish with an Exit Ticket that asks them to explain how both experiments demonstrate the evil actions of good people.
Bonus video clips included!