In this lesson students explore the causes of our moral intuitions with the help of a sorting activity and reflection questions.
Noticing moral intuitions
Students identify the moral intuitions underlying people’s opinions in quoted texts and images.
Using these teaching materials, students are introduced to the moral intuitions and then identify the role of emotions and intuitions in the language of people and reflect on the functions and effects of emotions and intuitions in social exchange.
Note to teachers/adaptations to local context: You can integrate other examples of quotes, pictures, election posters, protest signs, excerpts from the media etc., that relate more to your students’ everyday experiences or current political issues in your context, or let students collect their own examples from different media sources after discussing a few examples in class.
- Teaching material type Full lesson plan, Reading text, Sorting activity
- Subject Areas Ethics, Language, Literature, Philosophy, Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning
- Learning Goals Cooperation Competency, Critical Thinking, Evaluation Competency, Intercultural Competence, Metacognitive Competency, Self-Regulation Competency
- Suitable Grade Levels 6-8, 9-12
- Concepts Cognition, Moral cognition, Morality, Perception, Thinking
- Content Anchors Cultural diversity, Our Mind
Author: Susan Hanisch
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- The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion is a 2012 social psychology book by Jonathan Haidt, in which the author describes human morality as it relates to politics and religion. In the first section, Haidt demonstrates that people’s beliefs are driven primarily by intuition, with reason operating mostly to justify beliefs that are intuitively obvious. In the second section, he lays out his theory that the human brain is organized to respond to several distinct types of moral violations, much like a tongue is organized to respond to different sorts of foods. In the last section, Haidt proposes that humans have an innate capacity to sometimes be “groupish” rather than “selfish”. (Source: Wikipedia)