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 language. In 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
- 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.
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