Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Analyzing Aristotle's Types of Friendship - Section 2: Building Knowledge


I wasn't sure how my students would react to seeing the illustrations of Martha and George but to my pleasant surprise after the activity one of my students said, "Mr. Khalsa,  I never know what you are going to do next, it was fun!"  

My purpose in using the "Martha and George" picture book story was to initiate discourse among my students about qualities that make up a friendship.  I think this approach worked because students saw it as a fun way to discuss a meaningful topic.  There responses included:

  • George's negative comments made Martha uptight and then he changed
  • Being supportive in a friendship is important
  • Martha was too concerned about what George said
  • Friends should be supportive during hard times


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  George and Martha
  Discourse and Questioning: George and Martha
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Analyzing Aristotle's Types of Friendship

Unit 9: Of Mice and Men
Lesson 4 of 15

Objective: SWBAT read and analyze article “Types of Friendship According to Aristotle” by Claude Miclaus, by writing text based responses regarding the types of friendships described by Aristotle.

Big Idea: According to Aristotle what are the ingredients for a lasting friendship?

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English / Language Arts, Reading, language choice, realism, Literature, Literary Response and Analysis, literary journal, analyze details, historical context clues, historical background, Aristotle, quotations
  75 minutes
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