Who Should I Consider? Lesson Plan

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



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