10. Madison and the Lorax

Lesson powerpoint here.

Lesson objectives:

  1. To develop ‘virtue literacy’: to know what virtue is and be able to identify some virtues and vices in the context of 2 stories.
  2. To see the complexity of moral situations; that it’s rarely a case of obvious right and wrong, good and bad.

Virtue (briefly)

  • Briefly explain what a virtue is, using the 2 slides on the lesson powerpoint.

The Lorax.

  • Ask pupils to read Dr Seuss’s story The Lorax. There are copies of the book in WB1. It should take 10 – 15 minutes to read.
  • Ask pupils to think about and then discuss the questions about the book on the lesson powerpoint. Encourage one of the pupils to chair the discussion. The main task is to identify the virtues and vices displayed by the 2 principal characters, The Lorax and the Once-ler.

Madison’s dilemma.

  • Print and distribute copies of Madison’s dilemma.
  • Ask the pupils to read the dilemma and to follow the instructions on the sheets: to rank her options and rank her reasons.
  • There are some questions on the lesson powerpoint. Ask the pupils to discuss these questions and encourage a different pupil to chair the discussion.


  • Ask the pupils for their opinion on what they have learned in this session.