This booklet is a story filled with dilemmas for your students to think about. The story varies, dependent on the choices they make.
Through working with the material your students will be training important skills.
Communicative skills such as debating/discussing their choices one on one and in class discussions.
Reflection and empathy in trying to figure out their own opinion, while also trying to understand other points of view.
Furthermore, if you choose to introduce your students to the ethics of Utilitarianism, Nietzsche and Christianity, they will be able to train using those arguments, while the three ethic concepts are reflected in the possibilities.
Included in the material
The front page is black and white and without pictures. This makes it cheap and easy to duplicate for the whole class. Just duplicate it, flip the front page, fold it in the middle and staple it together.
Every second page will be empty, because the backside of the paper will not get printed. I find this very useful for the students. Beside every page with decisions they have to make, there is this blanc page to write notes on. Tell them before they begin to use that page, so they do not forget why they chose as they did.
There is some space on the front page. This is for students who finish the story before the rest of the class. They can draw their own front page inspired by the story they chose, while the rest of the class finish reading.
A scheme for the teacher to use.
In the scheme you will be able to see, which philosophical concept that has inspired to a specific choice. You can also note the choices of your students to see, if they choose according to one concept over another.
I have boiled down the three philosophical concepts to a couple of lines each. This makes it simple and quite plain, but is the core of the approaches, and makes it easier to introduce them to young students.
Using the material
- Let your students discover the story on their own the first time. Tell them to take notes of their choices.
- Note their choices in your own scheme (part of the material)
- Then let them do it again; this time in pairs or groups. Make the pairs/groups so that different approaches are represented, when they discuss the dilemmas. You can use your scheme for this.
- Then have a class discussion. If there are options, that no one chose, then ask the students if they can find arguments for that specific choice.
- If you choose to, introduce your students to Nietzsche, Utilitarianism and Christian ethics. Use your scheme to see, which concept each student is more likely to choose like.
- At last let the students work with the booklet again. You can ask them to maybe read the story, choosing like Nietzsche. Or divide the class in three, talk about a dilemma from the booklet, and let the groups represent a concept each.
Please feel free to write me comments about or suggestions to the material. I will probably find it very useful, if I decide to make another story.
Sarah Kirstein/CC BY-NC-ND