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Historical Influences on Morality: A Basis for Literary Study

Historical Influences on Morality: A Basis for Literary Study

Author: Beth Barsness
  1. Students will complete a simple research activity and create a classroom reference poster with other group members.
  2. Students will compare their research with a straightforward text to gauge their understanding.
  3. Students will take one philosophical view and apply this understanding to a short story.

From this lesson, students will get a general overview of the historical span of philosophical thought and how it may have been a product or reaction to the time period.  This will help students in future texts throughout the semester to identify how moral norms affected characters’ lives.  

Length of time needed:  2 class periods

This lesson was written by Stephanie Hicks.

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Lesson Plan

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Source: Stephanie Hicks

Handouts and Materials

The following files can be downloaded to your computer:

Lesson Plan (Word document)

Important Points to Hit (Word document)

Research Collection Sheet (PDF document)

Assessment Planning Sheet (PDF document)


A Timeline of Major Western Philosophers

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Source: Stephanie Hicks