Stanford Prison Experiment website guide & essay for ELA or Social Studies:
The Stanford Prison Experiment offers fascinating insights into power, and the forces that can corrupt all of us. This text pairs well with units that explore darkness, power, bullying, or greed. The organizer and essay prompt contained in this resource should be used to guide students through the Stanford Prison Experiment website (http://www.prisonexp.org) and asks them to consider questions like "Why do people often fail to stand up for others, and rather act as "bystanders" when bullying is occurring?" This resource culminates with a three-paragraph essay.
Why use this resource?
Students are confronted with issues related to bullying in power in high school, and this text gives insight into the mechanisms that allow for bullying to occur. This text may also be used to facilitate critical discussions about the prison system, and about their schools.
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