This Daily Lesson Plan from The New York Times Learning Network offers a fascinating exploration of the work of psychiatrist Dr. Jonathon Shay, whose approach to treating soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder is "part neuroscience, part evolutionary theory, part psychiatric empathy, and part Homer." The lesson plan -- for grades 6-8 and 9-12 -- centers on a recent New York Times article about Shay and his research (story link provided), and has students role play as psychiatrists treating a fictional soldier returning from war. The lesson includes thoughtful discussion questions, homework ideas, extension activities, assessment guideline, vocabulary, and more. Altogether, this timely and engaging lesson provides a genuinely interesting, interdisciplinary experience.
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