Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, The Garden of Eden)
Chapter 1, The Garden of Eden
Students may be unfamiliar with philosophy and the reason people study it. Since this book is more than just a story about Sophie, students must look at philosophy's concepts. The objective of this lesson is for students to understand the basic ideas of philosophy.
1) Class discussion: Ask students what they know about philosophy. Do people use the word in regular conversations? Have they ever heard someone say, "He's really philosophical"? Do they know anyone with a college major in philosophy? The dictionary says philosophy is the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct. This definition is quite broad. What might some troubles be while studying philosophy?
2) Partner work: Pair students. Ask them to list 7-10 ideas that they have always wondered about that philosophy might explore. Ask them to be specific. You might prompt them...
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