Deliberating in a Democracy – Social Studies Lesson PlansBy Internet Scout Report
For civics teachers and other educators interested in incorporating informed discussion about controversial issues into their classrooms, this resource may be of interest.
Deliberating in Democracy is an initiative by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC), the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) in Los Angeles, and the non-profit organization Street Law, Inc.. It is designed to train high school teachers in facilitating student engagement in “authentic civic deliberations while learning democratic principles.” While the teacher training portion of this initiative ended in 2010, this website continues to provide a number of lesson plans that address enduring issues, such as freedom of expression, juvenile justice, and cyberbullying, that continue to be relevant today.
Lessons use the Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) method to scaffold group discussions and help students engage with multiple perspectives on controversial issues. Educators can find complete SAC lesson plans – including readings, graphic organizers, and a list of related resources – on the Lessons page. The site also includes a helpful video tutorial demonstrating the SAC method.
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