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Practice with Argument— Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”

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Socrates is known to the world through the writing of Plato. In “The Allegory of the Cave,” Socrates’ wisdom is presented through dialogue. The story has gone on to influence many pieces of literature, art, and film.

Students will view supporting video clips on “The Allegory of the Cave.” Two videos from The Nerdwriter’s YouTube channel explore meaning in “The Truman Show” and in “The Death of Socrates,” a painting by French painter Jacques Louis David. The lesson contains links to a TED TALK about reality and the mind and a New York Times series of articles on whether people prefer tyranny in government as opposed to democracy.

Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence. There is also an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students, as well as a link to the Question 3 prompt for the 2016 AP English Language and Composition examination. The students will consider Socrates in writing an original argument concerned about if rebellion makes for progress in society.

These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.

A unique detailed rubric is included that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions as well as a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fishbowl discussion with the rubric. The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions.

Tags: Socratic Seminar, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, Synthesis
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4 Days

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Practice with Argument— Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”
Practice with Argument— Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”
Practice with Argument— Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”
Practice with Argument— Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”