Anarchy Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

If you're discussing anarchy, this lesson plan explores the concept further. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define anarchy
  • describe the different types of anarchy
  • discuss examples of anarchy in history


60 minutes; 30 minutes for extension activity (optional)

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.5

Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.6

Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).


  • Hard copies of the What is Anarchy? - Definition & Examples lesson
  • Computer with projector capability
  • Internet connectivity
  • Several copies of a blank world map
  • Markers, crayons, and colored pencils.

Key Vocabulary

  • Anarchy
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • Immanuel Kant


  • Begin this lesson by asking students to imagine a world with no rules; what would it be like?
  • Allow students to share their responses.
  • Then explain that students are going to learn about anarchy where authority is non-existent.
  • Distribute a copy of the What is Anarchy? - Definition & Examples lesson, play the video, pause at 01:09, then start the following discussion:
    • Define anarchy as explained in the lesson.
    • Compare and contrast Hobbes and Kant's philosophy of anarchy.
  • Now restart the video, pause at 02:12.
    • Ask the class to discuss a few types of anarchy.
  • Next, play the video until the end and ask students to identify the most profound example of anarchy.
  • Afterwards show the lesson quiz and ask students to write the answer to each question, then review.

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