Deliberation Materials: Political Representation (High School Level)

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Should democracies enact laws that require their political representation to match their gender, racial and ethnic composition? This activity includes a deliberation reading, glossary, visual, quotes, and recommended additional resources on the topic. It also includes handouts that guide students 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. 

See our Deliberation Resource Bundle and Video for additional resources to help you successfully conduct deliberations in your classroom. 

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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.