Character Ethics- A New Term

Each Term I readjust my curriculum to reach a new set of students. I fine tune the challenges, find more relevant videos for the online discussion board, and evaluate what my students want and need. This term (2nd for teaching this curriculum), I updated the Challenge for Character/ Virtue week. Here is the updated challenge.

Scavenger Hunt

First group back with all the correct evidence wins the Challenge. No evidence can come from Stratford students, staff, or on Stratford property (except #4).

  1. Take a photo (with camera or cell phone) of a person who exhibits Arete. Add a definition under the picture.
  2. Take a photo of a person exhibiting Phronesis .Add a definition under the picture.
  3. Take a photo of a person exhibiting Eudaimonia. Add a definition under the picture. 
  4. Print a picture of the person credited with Character/ virtue ethics. (hint: this man was a student of Plato) You can use the internet for this one ONLY. Add a name under the picture.
  5. Find a vice. Take a picture of the example and explain why you chose this vice.
  6. Capture a virtue occurring (video or take a picture on your camera/phone). Print out evidence. Add a written description.
  7. Do a virtuous deed- get a picture as evidence. Describe in writing what you are doing.
  8. Take a picture of a person caught in a vice (not you guys and you can’t ask them to do it).
  9. Ask a person to describe virtue (get evidence- video, writing with a signature…)
  10. Ask a person to describe what vice means (get evidence- video, writing with a signature…)

Why update it, you ask? I needed the students to come back with truly thought through pictures. In order to do this I rearranged the class flow.

  • I first gave them a poster and had them list out all the information they knew about Character Ethics (this created a better basis in the theory)
  • After 30 minutes compiling information with their team, I sent them off campus to do the scavenger hunt (this forced them to find character ethics in action)
  • I made them compile the pictures and definitions into a neat presentation (this forced them into the library for deeper reasoning)
  • After each team returned, we shared what everyone found (this created a discussion on whether the picture met the theory)
  • Next week I will give them a Clickers Quiz to see if they retained Character Ethics.
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