by Melissa Dittmann 2004

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "What makes good people do bad things?" by Melissa Dittmann.

In this article from the Monitor on Psychology, researcher Melissa Dittmann explores the circumstances that drive people to commit immoral acts.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of Morality as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

"Why do people do bad things?"

Ways to support your child:

  • Ask your child about this informational text at home:
    • What was "What makes good people do bad things?" about?
    • What did you learn about Morality?
  • Watch Philip Zimbardo: The Psychology of Evil at home with your child.