Ethics in Philosophy Lesson Plan

Instructor: Della McGuire

Della has been teaching secondary and adult education for over 20 years. She holds a BS in Sociology, MEd in Reading, and is ABD on the MComm in Storytelling.

This lesson plan is an exercise in applied ethics, measuring student opinions of several controversial contemporary issues. Students will provide reasoning for their choices and decide if they agree more with moral realism or moral anti-realism.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Articulate their position on a range of ethical issues.
  • Explain their reasoning in arguments designed to persuade others.
  • Participate in a civil discussion with those who have different opinions.

Length

30 minutes - 1 hour

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3

Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Likert scale
  • Descriptive ethics
  • Applied ethics
  • Meta-ethics
  • Moral realism
  • Moral anti-realism

Materials

  • List of controversial statements

Instructions

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