This file contains ten writing assignments. For each assignment, students are instructed to write a brief response (300-500 words) in response to a quote by a famous philosopher.
The quotes cover multiple branches of philosophy, including metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, and socio-politics.
The ten assignments are staggared for differentiated instruction; the quote by Thoreau can be answered by almost all students, while the quote by John Rawls gives gifted or advanced students an intellectual challenge. All ten assignments deal with upper levels of Bloom's Taxonomy and follow Kohlberg's stages of moral development.
The file is customizable for teachers who wish to turn the quotes into Paideia seminar topics or longer essay assignments. These assignments are especially suitable for upper level courses, including IB and its Theory of Knowledge course, AP Government and Politics, AP Language and Composition, as well as theology courses at religious institutions.