University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children
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Lesson Plans

These are some ideas and lesson plans for facilitating philosophy discussions with pre-college students. Another good resource for tools to use in planning philosophy classes is the website for the organization PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization).

Discussion Questions for Doing Philosophy Using Literature
Lesson plans for facilitating philosophy discussions with elementary school students using various stories

Ethical Dilemmas
Four ethical puzzles for discussion with elementary
and middle school students

Moral Philosophy and Genocide
A curriculum for a unit on the some of the moral questions raised by genocide, for middle and high school students


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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and The Matrix
Ideas for classes on philosophical questions about knowledge and experience using Plato's Cave Allegory and the film The Matrix, for middle and high school students

Plato’s Ring of Gyges
Discussion questions for the Ring of Gyges, for all ages