Plato: Ancient Philosophical Influences


Preview of Lesson Plans:

Work through the short Power point on Socrates (found here), supporting students with note taking from the slides. Set the scene for Plato.

Discuss in pairs Socrates Death picture (worksheet)

Share/ class discussion

PowerPoint on Plato: Outline the meaning of Epistemology (slide 2)

Students write down their thoughts on:

  • What is knowledge?
  • What is the difference between knowledge and opinion/belief?
  • If you know something, does that mean that you are certain about it?
  • Is knowledge really possible?

Discuss in small groups, adding and developing their answers. Share as a class

PP: Rationalism vs Empiricism (slide 3)

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If you would like a Lesson Pack with activities and worksheets, that complements the power point, please click on the image below:



To see evidence of some of the work by my students (following the assessment activity found in the Lesson Pack)  please go to: ‘Critically assess the effectiveness of Plato’s arguments for understanding reality’: Student answers

Go to guide:

Revision Support:

This 52 page pack contains quizzes, glossaries, summary sheets, essay tips and possible exam questions to help structure your revision for all eight of the AS philosophy topics. It also provides space for notes and outlines the spec requirements. Everything you need to get your revision off to a flying start!

philo pack

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3 thoughts on “Plato: Ancient Philosophical Influences

  1. Jane

    Wow have found this so helpful but scary as I have never taught Plato or Aristotle before – first year with OCR and a bit dazed to be honest! Would appreciate your PowerPoint and worksheets though I fear the calibre of my student a little less academic . Thanks for any help

  2. Katie Bullard

    Me too actually. If there’s a chance I could have any of the powerpoints and sheets, I’d be grateful. I’ve never taught Plato or Aristotle at a level and am feeling rather confused as to what to expect from the essays. I’ve also never taught a global essay before so was really hoping I might find some samples of what an essay might look like. Thanks so much – what’s here is so helpful.

    1. Thanks for your message Katie. I have emailed you my powerpoints and worksheets for Plato and Aristotle. Keep an eye on my blog because I am trying to post samples of work and currently preparing to post a full essay on Aristotle which may help. Thanks

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