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First, students need to understand the issue better including viewpoints from across the political spectrum. Here are a variety of resources to include.
Give your students a good understanding of the background. AllSides Issue pages provide background information, current news and opinions, think tanks and more.
The AllSides Balanced Dictionary reveals how different people from across the political spectrum think and feel about the same term or issue.
AllSides Balanced Search:
The AllSides Balanced Search Engine quickly and easily shows multiple perspectives. Google and other search engines often only give you the most popular perspective, burying or leaving out alternative viewpoints.
As your students discover such diversity in perspective, you may want to look at the AllSides Media Bias section. Try having your students rate their own bias and rate the media bias of news sources and Think Tanks.
Next, you want the students to participate in a healthy, collaborative dialog.
Participate in an Online Video Dialog:
- Mismatch.org: Connect with students across the country with different backgrounds and political perspectives for a respectful video conversation.
Engage in conversations in person:
Living Room Conversations
Bill of Rights Institute
- Debating Free Speech on Campus
- Free Speech VS Privacy: Snyder v Phelps
- More lesson plans, materials and conversations
Participate in an Online Text Dialog:
- Share your opinions on these questions or request a new agree/disagree question be posted. Students are encouraged to backup their opinions with research.
- Have a specific question for students to discuss online? Email us to start a new Classroom Dialog.
See how this program complies with Common Core standards.