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Literacy in History/Social Studies: 9-10th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Social studies and literacy skills go hand in hand, as one of the core components of history, philosophy, political science and the other social studies is the written word. The RH.9-10 CCSS standards place an emphasis on primary...
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Philosophy - David Hume

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Most people believe that they are more rational than emotional, but David Hume would argue that those people are wrong. An analysis video about Hume, his philosophy, and his written works guides learners through the main points of the...
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Philosophy - Nietzsche

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Have you built your home on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius? Why not? Friedrich Nietzsche challenges viewers to live a fulfilled and dangerous life, to use the humanities as a guide to life, and to own up to one's envy, as explained in a...
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Philosophy - Epicurus

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Imagine teaching at a school that focused on the study of happiness! A short video analysis discusses Epicurus and his philosophy of seeking true happiness, including the importance of friends, the value of helping others, and the...
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Early Greek Science and Philosophy

For Teachers 10th - 12th
There are fundamental principles that nearly everybody knows about. Define the principles of Golden Mean, Fibonacci Numbers, creativity, and matter in terms of their Greek origins. Presented here are brief histories, philosophies, and...
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Classical Greek Philosophy

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Divided into three different slideshows, this presentation first introduces Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. The second set of slides deepens the analysis of the philosophers and their ideas, and the third section compares each school of...
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Philosophy - Montaigne

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
You can reach achievement with an ordinary, moral life without the proper education of past philosophy! So says Michel de Montaigne in a short analysis video that succinctly explains his views on academia, the virtue of a good life, and...
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Philosophy - Schopenhauer

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Are love and the will to life at odds? Arthur Schopenhauer's take on human nature and the importance of love—as well as the unimportance of happiness—is the focus of a philosophy video that compares Schopenhauer's worldview to Buddhism.
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Philosophy - Baruch Spinoza

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Can the understanding of science be the ultimate way to connect to God? Baruch Spinoza's attempt to create an ethical system based on science and a foundational connection to religion is the focus of a short philosophy video.
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Humor, Philosophy, and Religion

For Teachers Higher Ed
Philosophy and religion are the topics of this presentation, though humor is what ties them together. Providing many examples of humor in different religions (Evangelism, Buddhism, Mormonism) and from different philosophers (Plato,...
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Philosophy - Immanuel Kant

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The categorical imperative, Immanuel Kant claimed in his Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, was the moral obligation to do the right thing in every circumstance. An introduction to Kantian ethics and philosophy guides class members...
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Philosophy - Heidegger

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Beyond Martin Heidegger's famously dense writing, there lies a deep and enriching philosophy that prompts one to examine human existence and the path to authenticity. An engaging video previews several of the tenets of the Heideggerian...
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Philosophy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Philosophers ask some of life's biggest questions about the nature of mankind, existence, and time, so what's it like to study the subject? A handout outlines different types of philosophy assignments common in college-level courses. The...
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Philosophy - Plato

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Some of the best advice for society, relationships, and personal growth was written nearly 3,000 years ago. High schoolers learn more about Plato's four ideas for reaching eudaimonia, or "fulfillment," in an explanatory video. 
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Philosophy - Aristotle

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
How easy is it to change your virtues? High schoolers learn about Aristotle and his philosophical views with a short analysis video. It links the value of art, particularly drama, to one's virtues, values, friendships, and social...
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The Philosophy of Cynicism

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Diogenes of Sinope was a cynic, the first of that line of philosophy, advocating for rejecting materialism, vanity, and conformity. While the meaning of the label cynic has changed over the centuries, the core ideas of rejecting custom...
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Philosophy of Life Collage

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students create a collage that displays their philosophy of life. In this life philosophy lesson plan, students research artifacts that tell about life, listen to songs, discuss how they can relate to these arts, and then make their own...
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Children's Philosophy

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Using children's books is an excellent way to introduce your students to the world of philosophy.
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Philosophy of History

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive philosophy instructional activity, students respond to 14 short answer and essay questions about Philosophy of History by Hegel. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive instructional activity. 
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Principles of Philosophy

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive philosophy quiz learning exercise, students respond to 23 multiple choice questions about Descartes's Principles of Philosophy. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Meditations on First Philosophy

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Meditations on First Philosophy by Descartes. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet. 
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Philosophy of History

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 23 multiple choice questions about Hegel's Philosophy of History. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
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Philosophy of Social Studies Education

For Teachers Higher Ed
Learn how to distinguish between curriculum and instruction. Utilize concept mapping strategies to organize a philosophy of elementary social studies education. Your class will be able to explain the process they underwent to organize...
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Chinese Philosophies & Ethical Codes

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Focusing primarily on Confucianism, these slides contrast the philosophies of India with those of China - and introduce the philosophies of Legalism and Daoism as well. Your world history lecture will come alive with the clear outlines...