Deliberation Materials: Democracy (High School Level)

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Is the United States' democracy healthy? This activity includes a deliberation reading and glossary, as well as accompanying handouts to give students additional information on the topic and to guide them through the deliberation process from planning to reflection.  

Deliberation teaches people how to discuss controversial issues by carefully considering multiple perspectives and searching for consensus. In preparation for deliberations, all participants read common, balanced background information on the issue. During the discourse, they offer arguments for each position on a contested public issue, first drawing from the text and then bringing in their own experiences. 

Note: Street Law suggests teaching the Symbols for Principles of Democracy lesson plan prior to deliberating this topic. 

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  • Format: multiple downloadable PDFs (You must create an account and "check out" to download free resources. You will not be required to provide payment information.)
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  • This deliberation was developed with financial support from the Longview Foundation.

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  • 5
    Great Product: Highly relevant to our times

    Posted by Richard Karl Livoni on Oct 22nd 2020

    This deliberation combines very high quality materials with a unique and engaging topic that is extremely important for our times. It allows students to speak to one another with confidence and authority by providing both structure and context.