What’s the Point?

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Area: Other Areas
Grade Level: High School & Beyond, Middle School, Primary/Elementary School
Topics: metaphyscis, understanding, Wonder
Estimated Time Necessary: 45 minutes

Lesson Plan

Questioning things we often don't have an opportunity to wonder about.
To question and wonder about the many things that puzzle us in life but that we nearly never have an opportunity to discuss in a group.

Have students answer the prompt: “I am wondering, what’s the point of _______?” with as many responses as they can think of.

Make a list of their answers and then vote for which ones the group would like to discuss first. Think together about what the point is of the thing in question. Might it be the kind of thing that feels important but really is not? Perhaps it is the kind of thing that feels insignificant but is in fact quite important.

Keep a copy of their “What’s the point of____?” lists and use their answers for future discussions or as warm-ups at the start of philosophy sessions.

This lesson plan was created for PLATO by: Karen S. Emmerman, PLATO Education Director.

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