Plato Was Wrong!: Footnotes on Doing Philosophy with Young People by David ShapiroPlato Was Wrong!: Footnotes on Doing Philosophy with Young People by David Shapiro

Plato Was Wrong!: Footnotes on Doing Philosophy with Young People

byDavid Shapiro

Paperback | March 8, 2012

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This book is a compendium of lesson plans for classroom exercises designed to foster philosophical inquiry with young people. It introduces the reader to a wide range of activities for exploring philosophical questions and problems with children from preschool age through high-school. There are lessons for a full-range of topics in philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics, and each is intended to help foster a supportive and caring classroom community of inquiry. All of the activities have been used on numerous occasions and include reflections on what teachers who employ the lesson might expect when doing so. Using this book, teachers, parents, and others can successfully being fostering philosophical inquiry with young people of all ages.
David A. Shapiro is a full time faculty member in philosophy at Cascadia Community College and Education Director of the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children at the University of Washington. He has been doing philosophy with young people in kindergarten through high-school classrooms since he was a graduate student back in the ...
Title:Plato Was Wrong!: Footnotes on Doing Philosophy with Young PeopleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9 × 6.1 × 0.46 inPublished:March 8, 2012Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Do Philosophy With Young People? 3Why Use Philosophical Exercises? 7How Are the Philosophical Exercises Organized? 11How Are the Philosophical Exercises Used? 16Tips for Successful Pre-College Philosophy Sessions 19Lesson Plans 20Topic One: What Is Philosophy? 21Lesson Plan: Are You a Philosopher? 23Lesson Plan: One Rule Game 33Lesson Plan: The Three Questions 40Lesson Plan: Energizer Activity-Word Association 44Lesson Plan: Blind Painter 48Lesson Plan: Keep the Question Going 53Lesson Plan: Sense and Nonsense 56Topic Two: What is Good Thinking? 58Lesson Plan: Good News, Bad News 58Lesson Plan: A Little Logic 63Lesson Plan: How Many of These Do You Know? 70Topic Three: What Do I Know? 74Lesson Plan: "What's Your Reason?" Game 74Lesson Plan: Two Trues, One False 79Lesson Plan: The Egg Drop Game 86Lesson Plan: Assassin Game 92Lesson Plan: Hypothesis Generation Exercise 98Lesson Plan: Which Story Is True? 102Lesson Plan: What Do I Know (About this Strawberry?) Exercise 107Lesson Plan: Confirmation Bias Exercise 110Topic Four: What is Real? 114Lesson Plan: Reality Scavenger Hunt 114Lesson Plan: "What Makes the Team the Team?" Exercise 119Lesson Plan: What Makes Me Me? 123Lesson Plan: Could Anything Else Have Happened? 131Lesson Plan: Got a Minute? 136Topic Five: What is Art? 140Lesson Plan: Aesthetics Scavenger Hunt 141Lesson Plan: "Smoke" 144Lesson Plan: Art Market 147Topic Six: What is the Right Thing to Do? 152Lesson Plan: Ring of Gyges Diary 153Lesson Plan: Life Boat Exercise 157Lesson Plan: What Do Rights Look Like? Exercise 166Lesson Plan: The Red/Green Game 173Lesson Plan: "Hand Dealt" 179Lesson Plan: Fair or Equal? 190Lesson Plan: Ants and Chocolate 195Lesson Plan: Fish and Candy 200Topic Seven: What is the Meaning of Life? 203Lesson Plan: What's Worth Doing? 203Lesson Plan: "What Is the Meaning of Life?" Game 206Lesson Plan: Why? 209Ten Recommended Readings for Exploring Philosophy with Children 211Reading: Williams, Margery, The Velvetine Rabbit 220Reading: Wiseman, B., Morris the Moose 220Reading: L'Engle, Madeline, A Wrinkle In Time 222Reading: Koss, Amy Goldman, The Ashwater Experiment 223Reading: Rowling, J.K., Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 223Reading: Baum, Frank L., selection from The Tin Woodsman of Oz 224Reading: Tashlin, Frank, The Bear That Wasn't 225Reading: Steig, William, Yellow and Pink 226Reading: Lewis, C.S., The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 227Reading: Mills, Claudia, Dinah Forever 227Bibliography 229

Editorial Reviews

Kudos to David Shapiro for this collection of wonderful philosophical exercises to engage in with students! Everyone who wants to encourage young people's interest in philosophy should run out and grab a copy of this book. They'll discover that Plato definitely was wrong and that philosophy can be fun at any age.