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Confucianism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught history, and has an MA in Islamic law/finance. He has since founded his own financial advice firm, Newton Analytical.

Teach your students with this Study.com lesson on Confucianism, one of the most important guiding philosophies in world history. Engage students with an activity that asks them to compare Legalist and Confucian concepts.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson students will be able to:

  • explain the major concepts of Confucianism
  • relate the teachings of Confucianism to both personal and social precepts

Length

40 minutes, plus 30 minutes for activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

Materials

  • Copies of your school's disciplinary handbook, particularly the rulebook that lists behaviors students should not engage in.

Key Vocabulary

  • Confucius
  • Li
  • Ren

Instructions

  • Begin by describing China during the time of Confucius. Make it clear to students that China during the time of Confucius was a chaotic place with little respect for rule of law.
  • Watch the lesson Confucianism: Definition, Beliefs & History. Instruct students to write notes on vocabulary as needed. Stop for discussion at these points:
    • 1:54--Compare and contrast the founding of Confucianism with Abrahamic religions that you may be familiar with (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). How are they similar? How are they different?
    • 3:37--Why do you think that Confucianism emphasized relationships between people? How would Confucianism be different is it had an emphasis on relationships with a deity-like figure?
    • 4:23--Compare this idea of inner cultivation to Western ideas like the Golden Rule. What do you find?

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