In the Mind's Eye: Truth Versus Perception invites students on a philosophical exploration of the themes of truth and perception.
Lessons include a major emphasis on rigorous evidence-based discourse through the study of common themes and content-rich, challenging informational and fictional texts.
This unit, incorporating elements recurring throughout the three strands of Language, Literature and Literacy in the Australian Curriculum: English, applies concepts from Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" to guide students to discover how reality is presented and interpreted in fiction, nonfiction, art and media.
Students engage in activities such as Socratic seminars, literary analyses, skits and art projects, and creative writing to understand differing perceptions of reality. Lessons include close readings with text-dependent questions, choice-based differentiated products, rubrics, formative assessments and English tasks that require students to analyse texts for rhetorical features, literary elements and themes through argument, explanatory and prose-constructed writing.
In the Mind's Eye: Truth Versus Perception is designed specifically with gifted and high-achieving middle-years and early high school learners in mind. These concept-based lessons are accelerated beyond typical year-level standards and include advanced models and organisers to help students analyse a variety of texts. The unit invites students on a philosophical exploration of the themes of truth and perception.