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Essential Question

What, in your own words, is the definition of philosophy? What did you base this definition on?

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Reading from the Text

Read the first paragraph of this article, and respond to the following questions"

1. What specific advancements were made by Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in the realm of philosophy?
2. How is the greek definition (love of wisdom) true of philosophy?

Now, return and read the section entitled "Real vs. Unreal"

1. How was mythology a type of philosophy?
2. What caused the birth of philosophy? (two possible answers)


Respond to this quote in a 1-2 page essay, explaining its meaning and how it applies to the history of philosophy:

"Philosophical systems are wholly true only for their founders. For all subsequent philosophers they usually seem one great mistake..." - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

Class Notes guidelines: (for students)

Class Notes[edit]

The following format should be used when taking notes for every class period. These notes will be turned in at the end of each unit. Each class notes follow the same basic guidelines:

  • Essential Question
  • Student Questions
  • Cornell Notes
  • Answer Student Questions
  • Summary

Essential Question[edit]

An essential question is what the student wants to know from the lesson. This question generally directly relates to the topic. Students may be given an essential question to answer or may be required to create one given the topic of study. Example:

Topic: The American Civil War
Essential Question: What was the primary cause of the American Civil War?

Student Questions[edit]

Students will also be required to write a minimum of three subtopic questions relating to the topic of the lesson. These questions should be more narrow than the essential question. Examples:

Essential Question: What was the primary cause of the American Civil War?
Subtopic Questions:
  • Was the government involved in starting the War?
  • What groups fought in the War?
  • Which group or groups began the War?

Cornell Notes[edit]

The material given in the lesson will be recorded in the Cornell note-taking style. In this style, information is categorized into several subjects, making it easier to sort and study specific elements from the lesson. Diagrams or graphic organizers may also be used.

Page Summaries[edit]

In addition to the summary written at he end of the lesson, a 2-3 sentence summary should be written for each page of notes taken. These summaries should cover most of the information on that page.

Answer Student Questions[edit]

At the end of the lesson, students should answer any Student Questions that were covered in the lesson. Each answer should be 2-3 sentences long. If a question was not answered, the student should write "unanswered" and look up the answer as homework. Examples:

Was the government involved in starting the War?
  • Yes, the decision of the government to end slavery in the United States triggered the Civil War. The people of the South relied on slaves for their income, and were angered by this decision.

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