Who should I consider is a Socratic class discussion on how students’ choices effect the different “circles” of people in their lives. This lesson is intended to develop students’ sense of empathy and their role in a community larger than themselves. Actions are not without consequences and sometimes its others that bare that burden unfairly.
Time Frame: 55 minutes
- 1. Analyze family, community, and work interrelationships
- Projector & Screen
- Preferably a SMART board to capture student’s responses
Background for Teachers
- Brush up on Socratic Questioning by watching some YouTube videos like the following:
- Have a class discussion walking students through the different circles of people they should consider when making the decision of becoming sexual active. I choose this topic because most students will pay attention and have lots to say but if your not comfortable chose one from the list below.
- Then have students do the same exercise personally and write a 2 page essay on their answer to one of the following questions:
- Who should you consider when deciding to recycle or not?
- Who should you consider when deciding to drive after a few drinks?
- Who should you consider when deciding to post a nasty comment about one of your classmates on Facebook?
- Who should you consider when stealing a T-shirt from your favorite store?
- Who should you consider when deciding not to do homework and play video games instead?
- Who should you consider when bullying that nerd on the bus?
- Who should you consider when answering that text real fast when your driving?
- Who should you consider when purchasing lots of clothes, shoes, movies, and food with your credit card?
- Are all your decisions private decisions?
- What percentage of decisions that you make in high school do you think are private decisions? What percentage do you think impact more than just you and your family?
- Why is it important to make good decisions?
- What are the consequences of bad decisions financially? Give examples.
- The rubric for class discussion participation is included in the PowerPoint
- Six Types of Socratic Questions