Big Ideas

One of the biggest challenges of P4C is getting children to generate philosophical questions from a stimulus.  Helping them to spot the philosophical concepts or ‘Big Ideas’ is a great start. Once they have these, question making is a whole lot easier.

I sometimes show them a few Concept Cards, or Big Idea cards:

Eight yellow cards, each showing a concept word such as Work, Truth, Money, Revenge

I then ask them, Were any of these ideas in the story?

Here is a Concept Card grid that you are welcome to use.