Deliberative Dialogue

How do you create a classroom environment where hot button topics may be discussed in a respectful manner? As part of a series of lessons that focus on immigration issues, class members examine the rules for civil discussion before practicing deliberative dialogues that permit speakers to actively listen and respond to opposing views. Pairs then search for common ground and formulate a plan of action.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask experienced debaters to model the soda in schools debate
  • Use a Venn diagram to record comments about the deliberative dialogue between David and Maria
Classroom Considerations

  • The 11th in a series of 13 related resources designed to be used in order
Pros

  • The 20-page packet includes a detailed plan, discussion questions, a list of rules for a deliberative dialogue, a script that models such a dialogue, and a prompt and fact sheets for a deliberative dialogue
Cons

  • None