Mini-Discussion Starters for an Introduction to High School Philosophy

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
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This PowerPoint contains 16 slides each with questions to get your students thinking about philosophical problems. Each slide contains teacher's notes with background information. These can be used simply as quick-write bell ringers, or they can be the starting point for a mini class discussion. Half of the slides contain thought experiments (a student favorite), and the other half are non-philosophical in nature. These include quotes or artwork designed to provoke philosophical questions. This are important if you're teaching IB Philosophy specifically because your students will encounter this type of stimulus for both the Internal Assessment and paper 1 of the External Assessment.

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All slides work as great discussion starters for any philosophy class- this product is not limited to IB Philosophy. However, do keep in mind that these questions were developed for IB Philosophy students in the 11th and 12th grades. Depending on your particular class, some questions may need to be adjusted in terms of difficulty. The PowerPoint is editable for this reason.

Take a look at the preview to see what the slides look like and to see the teacher's notes that are included with each slide. The teacher's notes for each slide aid in leading a discussion within a philosophical context.

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16 slides
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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