LESSON PLAN SUBJECT:
The contemporaneity of the major ethical systems of the ancient regarding moral values, the meaning of life and human relationships. DURATION: 1lesson (45 minutes) CLASS: 1LB1 from Zespół Szkół nr 31 im. J. Kilińskiego in Poland DATE: 15 March 2011 REFERENCES: The Bible; John Burnet: Greek Philosophy ,A & C Black Ltd., London 1920; Chester G. Starr: A History Of The Ancient World, Oxford University Press 1999; Jan Kochanowski: Fraszki. Pieśni. Treny., Zielona Sowa 2010, Piotr Rowicki: Mity Greckie, Wilga 2010 OPERATIONAL: 1) to develop the European identity by identifying the common religious and ethical values for all the participating countries, 2) to discover the source of these values, 3) to develop interdisciplinarity OBJECTIVES PROCEDURES: Analysis of literature texts, heuristic conversation, debate, expressive lecture MATERIALS: References material, pictures, pupils’ portfolios DIDACTIC STRATEGY: Team teaching (history, literature, religious education, English, art, IT) Objectives
Lesson steps 1. Management
2.Anchor knowledge testing
1), 2), 3)
3.Teaching about philosophical ethics; reading comprehension practice 4.Brainstorming conversation
1), 2), 3)
5.Teaching about a moral foundation in Judaism and Christianity; listening comprehension practice 6. Previous lesson knowledge testing to find references to Greek philosophy in common culture
Activity’s description The lesson’s objectives and concepts are presented to students The history teacher builds the context by talking with students about the effect of Persian and Peloponnesian wars on Greek people’s understanding of the world and their religious beliefs. The English teacher asks students to read the lesson material texts about great Greek philosophers and then summarize the views of these thinkers.
The IT teacher discusses with students a statement by W. H. Auden: “had Greek civilization never existed we would never have become […] fully human.” The religious education teacher lists The Ten Biblical Commandments and then makes a conversation with students about their importance in this day and age.
The literature teacher checks students’ understanding of his previous lesson by making students remember the philosophy of the golden mean presented in the mythological tale of Daedalus and Icarus, the reference to the Carpe Diem aphorism in Song XI by a Polish Renaissance poet J. Kochanowski, as well as a modern version of the Decalogue in Kieślowski’s
7. Short lecture on the views of Greek philosophers on art. Discovering connections to ancient philosophy in common art. Team work
8.Setting homework to students
film series Decalogue (1988) The art teacher gives a brief speech on the views of Greek philosophers as regards art (e.g. the Pythagoras’s idea of mathematical beauty and harmony, the Epicure’s idea of happiness and lack of suffering or the Aristotle’s idea of imitating nature). The teacher asks then students to study pictures of well -known works of art in groups and identify any antiquity features in them. The English teacher gives students a written assignment where they are supposed to express their thoughts on their favourite ancient thinker/s.