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Were the Great Authors All Liberals? A Graphic Organizer Tells the Story 7 Pages

Were the Great Authors All Liberals? A Graphic Organizer Tells the Story 7 Pages
Were the Great Authors All Liberals? A Graphic Organizer Tells the Story 7 Pages
Were the Great Authors All Liberals? A Graphic Organizer Tells the Story 7 Pages
Were the Great Authors All Liberals? A Graphic Organizer Tells the Story 7 Pages
Were the Great Authors All Liberals? A Graphic Organizer Tells the Story 7 Pages
Were the Great Authors All Liberals? A Graphic Organizer Tells the Story 7 Pages
Were the Great Authors All Liberals? A Graphic Organizer Tells the Story 7 Pages
Were the Great Authors All Liberals? A Graphic Organizer Tells the Story 7 Pages
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No, they weren't all liberals!

(From the first page of notes in the 7-page unit:)

For many years, I have found it useful to place authors' names upon a graphic organizer portraying a continuum of political and philosophical thinking. I usually begin by oversimplifying Socrates' question about whether humankind is good or evil. (I apologize for doing so if it offends anyone.) I simply say that he claimed that "evil" was not an appropriate label for human behavior or human nature; that in fact, people do wrong out of ignorance, not from a purposeful intention to harm one another.

Down through history, that and related issues have been argued many thousands of times. By means of this graphic organizer, a teacher can present students with a mental image of the conversations going on among the authors about human nature.

This colorful graphic organizer places authors into two dimensions: 1. liberal v. conservative, and 2. optimistic v. pessimistic. A third dimension is provided on a separate page: 3. Transcendentalism v. Entrenchment.

Seeing literature as an expression of history helps to set kids straight. The visuals also make it clear why I believe the instruction of close reading is essential.

Much more information can be downloaded FREE with regard to my entire program of close reading instruction:

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Thanks for your interest!

Gene

Were the Great Authors All LIberals? A Graphic Organizer Tells the Story by Gene Wohlsdorf is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
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