Pragmatism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

This lesson plan can be used to help you teach your students about pragmatism. After a video lesson, students will ask and answer questions, do activities and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'pragmatism'
  • describe specific examples of pragmatism in the classroom
  • explain components of pragmatism
  • create and teach a pragmatic lesson


  • 1 hour for core lesson
  • 2-3 additional class periods for presentations

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.2

Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.4

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.5

Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.


Key Vocabulary

  • Pragmatism
  • Practical learning
  • Experiential learning

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • For homework the night before, ask students to write down some thoughts about a time a teacher, coach, or parent taught them something in a dynamic or fun way that made things easy to learn for them.
  • Start class by asking students to read over their assignment, then divide them into groups of three or four and have them share their experiences.
  • Tell groups to take notes on common attributes of the lesson.
    • What made them memorable?
    • What things did the teacher do that made learning easy and fun?
  • Now share as a whole class, recording common answers on the board.
    • What things do students notice about these lessons?

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