January 26-February 11: Uncovering Philosophy: What is good?
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- Write and discuss answers to questions: What is a good person? Are you a good person according to your definition?
- Learn etymology of the word "philosophy."
- With group, solve this dilemma: The ship is sinking and the seas are rough. All but one lifeboat has been destroyed and it holds a maximum of six people. There are ten people that want to board the lifeboat. The four individuals who do not board the boat will certainly die. Here are the people: Woman who is six weeks pregnant, Lifeguard, Two young adults who recently married, Senior citizen who has fifteen grandchildren at home, Elementary school teacher, Thirteen year old twins, Veteran nurse, Captain of the ship
- Homework: Annotate "The Apology" (an account of Socrates)
- Participate in student-led discussion of "The Apology"
- Choose one of the 10 philosophical books: Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. ...The Art of War by Sun Tzu ..... The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff .... The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff .... Letter to a Man in the Fire: Does God Exist and Does He Care? by Reynolds Price .... Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn .... The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist by Richard Feynman ....The Wisdom of Solitude: A Zen Retreat in the Woods by Jane Dobisz .... Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh ... When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner
- Begin answering 4 questions: 1. What is the author saying? Support your summary with quotations from text. 2. Find at least idea or sentence that you passionately agree or disagree with. Explain why you agree or disagree. Support with examples from your life. 3. What questions do you have about the text and/or the author? 4. Why did the author write this particular section? What’s the purpose of the text? Answer must be beyond “The author wrote this to make readers think.”
- 7th period only: Read Freud's theory of id/ego/superego. Write a dilemma and question to an advice columnist and answer the question advising how the id, ego, and superego would solve the dilemma
- Read and discuss philosophical book and turn in answers to the 4 questions.
- Create Venn diagram that explains similarities among philosophy, religion, and psychology.
- Homework: Annotate Freud packet about dream interpretation, Oedipus complex, id/ego/superego, and defense mechanisms.
- 7th period: Read "Catch the Moon" and psychoanalyze Luis's defense mechanisms and your own defense mechanisms. Sample essays are here.
- Continue reading philosophical book
- Homework: Use our GoodReads.com group for an online discussion of your philosophical book. Post three juicy questions about the book. Be sure to label your question as either Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation, or Grammar.
- 7th period only: Begin typing psychoanalysis essay
- Continue GoodReads discussion by answering one question from two different peers. Your answer should be 5-7 sentences and include support from the novel. Your post must state the question and its author. Also, respond to what someone has written to you.
- Compete in "grammar scavenger hunt" by locating these 6 grammatical techniques in your novel and discovering the rule for each technique: begin a sentence with "because", begin a sentence with a participial phrase, use a dash, use an appositive, use a semicolon, and use a colon. Then, use the 6 techniques in your essay exploring the essential question: "What is 'good' according to your philosophical book, Sigmund Freud, and Socrates?" The essay is due by 11:59 p.m. February 16.