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Plato's Allegory of the Cave Free Reading Passage: Philosophy in the Classroom

Check out a Free Philosophy in the Classroom Resource from Stones of Erasmus!

Grade Level Grades 8-11
Resource Type Lesson Plan

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If you want to teach philosophy with young people, use this free reading passage that introduces students to Plato's famous story of the cave. The resource includes a retelling of the story of Plato's allegory of the cave (from The Republic) in plain languageIn this story, Plato imagines a world where one man wakes up and questions what is real and what is not real. Have your students read this story with you and record the gist.

*This resource is optimized for distance learning. The product includes an editable Google Docs link. Modify this resource for use on Google Classroom and other classroom management sites* Also includes free Easel activities.

This resource includes the following features:

  • The text of the story is included in this resource
    • The story is retold from the source material in easy-to-understand English. Great for a class read-and-share. Or, have students pair-read the text and then have a whole-class discussion.
  • Bonus Resource: 5 Philosophy Resources for Students and Student Sample Work
  • Bibliography
    • I use the bibliography as a further reading resource for my students. Assign your curious scholars a research assignment or have students do projects based on books, links, and other material related to Plato they may find interesting or exciting.

Suggested Uses:

  1. Humanities Course on Ancient Greece
  2. World History Course on the History of Ideas
  3. Literature Course
  4. Ethics Course — See how I used this resource in an Ethics class with 8th graders!
  5. Introduction to Philosophy Course
  6. Student Advisory Course on Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  7. A Lesson on Truth
  8. A lesson on Appearance and Reality

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