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Alexis de Tocqueville on the Tyranny of the Majority

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The writings of a French diplomat and political philosopher, Alexis de Tocqueville, offer young scholars much to think about. In the three-lesson unit, class members examine Tocqueville’s arguments about the power of the majority and...
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Crash Course: Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Viewers take a Crash Course in Media Literacy. They watch 12 videos that take them through media history, the positive and negative effects of media, and regulations and policies affecting media producers. The series aims to help viewers...
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Ancient Greek Culture and Plato Quiz

For Teachers 6th
While your students are at their desks with a sheet of paper and pencil, you can project these PowerPoint quiz questions on the overhead screen. There are a total of eight slides and 15 short-answer questions about ancient Greece and...
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Plato's Allegory of the Cave

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
If you are studying Plato's allegory of the cave in The Republic, be sure to check out this accumulation of text-based and discussion questions designed by learners. You can use the questions in your own instruction, or ask learners to...
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Plato's Cave

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Plato's Allegory of a Cave is represented in this animated video. It shows different characters whose dialogue expresses their importance and symbolism.
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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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An Introduction to Plato's The Republic

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Introduce The Republic with a short, animated video that focuses on Plato's idea of the need for just, philosopher kings. 
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Plato’s Best (and worst) Ideas

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
The Noble Lie, the featherless bird, and the womb as a live animal are a few of Plato' less-than-noble ideas explored in a short video about one of the world's greatest philosophers.
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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What is reality, knowledge, and the meaning of life? Discover Plato's response to these bold questions in his "Allegory of the Cave" and explore this famous historical thinker's vision of an ideal society as he saw it within the context...
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An Introduction to Plato's Symposium

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Introduce young philosophers to the ideas in a short video that introduces them to Plato's Symposium. A great introduction to a text that poses questions about humanity and the pursuit of love.
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Plato On: The Forms

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
A life without forms would be chaotic and unwieldy! Plato asserts the importance of using forms to guide one's life, as well as the value of working toward an ideal life, in the centerpiece of his philosophy. 
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Plato and Aristotle: Crash Course History of Science #3

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Biology, cosmology, philosophy ... Plato and Aristotle had theories about them all! How did these ancient scholars shape the science of today? The third video in the History of Science series compares and contrasts the ideas of the famed...
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Plato On: The Allegory of the Cave

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What would you say if someone told you that your dreams and goals are merely phantoms in your own mind? A video analysis of Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" from The Republic takes high schoolers through the famous metaphor, which likens...
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Plato and The Republic

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students recognize that in the book The Republic, Plato described the ideal society. They adopt, modify, or reject Plato's views as they describe another, smaller ideal society: Utopia High School. In addition, they summarize the...
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Plato

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Warrior, slave, thinker, writer, reformer, Plato, a nickname that means �broad,� was so named for his broad shoulders. This Ancient Greek philosopher's school, The Academy, became a model for modern higher education and his dialogues are...
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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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Lesson Plan: Introduction to Plato’s Cave

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Can we perceive reality or are we chained by preconceptions that limit our vision? Plato’s allegory “The Cave” serves to introduce nascent philosophers to Plato’s dialogues and hopefully to engender a love of ideas and discourse. A...
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Ancient Greek Philosophers:Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students discover the famous Greek Philosophers. In this Greek instructional activity, students find the contributions of Ancient Greece and their philosophers. This instructional activity includes brief bios on Socrates, Plato, and...
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Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit: Plato

For Teachers 9th Standards
Sorry, Charlie. Scholars take a close look at Apology by Plato. Activities analyzing the text help pupils understand, make, organize, and write about claims. Learners work in groups, complete claim tools, and evaluate thinking by filling...
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The Beauty of Beethoven

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Listeners interpret Beethoven's Fifth Symphony using excerpts from Plato about beauty and its purpose. High text complexity in Plato is appropriate for strong readers, older high schoolers, musicians, or philosophy classes. Lesson has...
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Excerpts From “Allegory of the Cave” From Plato’s Republic

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Annotations on a copy of excerpts from Plato’s allegorical dialogue, “The Cave” are used to focus attention on specific passages in the dialogue. Readers are ask to draw the cave as it is described, to recount what happens to the...
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History of Media Literacy Part 1: Crash Course Media Literacy #2

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Even Plato understood the importance of media! Part of an ongoing series of media literacy videos, the resource takes viewers to where it all began ... ancient Greece. The video covers the emergence of media and the written word, the...
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Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo - Essay Questions

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 35 multiple choice questions about Plato's "Euthyphro," "Apology," "Crito," and "Phaedo." 
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Laches

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Plato's Laches. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet. 

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