I hope you had a fantastic weekend! This week, we will finish our Lincoln-Douglas Debates, as well as look at deception and moral and ethical philosophies.
Below is the proposed agenda for the week:
What is debate?
What are moral and ethical principles?
How can ethics be used to create an effective and powerful argument?
Monday: Continue class debates. Objectives: Today’s class will focus on students continuing their assigned Lincoln Douglas class debates. Outcomes: By the end of class, all students assigned for today’s debates will have presented. Homework: Review and prepare if you are going on Wednesday.
Tuesday: No Debates today! Research day: Research, analyze, evaluate, and critique two different major current events. Objective: Today students will research two different current events and make arguments for what should be done about them using the skills they have gained so far in this course. Outcomes: By the end of class, all students will have argued and analyzed two different current events. Homework: Review and prepare if you are going to debate tomorrow.
Wednesday: Finish class debates, as well as discuss the process and debates strengths and areas for improvement. Objectives: Today’s class will focus on students finishing their assigned Lincoln Douglas class debates. Outcomes: By the end of class, all students assigned for today’s debates will have presented. Homework: Creating dialogue assignment.
Thursday: (We did not get to this lesson previously)Discussion of Alexander Pope and James Madison, group discussions on text, preparing for presentations, and begin group presentations. Overview: As an overview of the entire unit, students will brainstorm the ways and reasons arguments can go awry, focusing on the variety of human perfections as the primary well-spring of these problems. Students will also read, analyze, and discuss two complex philosophical texts that analyze human imperfections and their consequences, particularly on our relations to each other and to the world around us. Outcomes: Students will decide how crucial it is to evaluate arguments, especially in the spheres of self-knowledge, science and politics-the arenas of human life directly addressed by the two texts mentioned in the overview. Homework: None.
Friday: (We did not get to this lesson previously) Opening activity: Human Nature and the Nature of Deception, concept chairs: lying is inherently morally wrong activity, main lesson: the way we lie every day, and the truth about lying. Overview: Students will explore the nature of lying in everyday life and in argumentation. Outcomes: Students will decide if (and thus when) lying is ever morally permissible. They will also distinguish between various types of lying and compare the types used in everyday life to those used within arguments. Students will then write frivolous arguments for fun incorporating these types and will read other students' arguments, functioning as unofficial "lie detectors." Finally, students will begin to explore the role of lying in political arguments by analyzing accusations made by both major political parties against each other in our own state. Homework: Lie detector assignment.