This activity aids in establishing explicit standards describing what students can expect to experience in a classroom and how they’re expected to participate.
Constructive Dialogue and Elections: An Educator Guide to Engaging Students
Use the tips and activities in this guide to help students think critically about themselves, their community, and their place within our U.S. democracy.
Back-to-School Playbook: Five Practices to Foster Constructive Dialogue in Your Classroom
Gain strategies to create classrooms that use dialogue to foster nuanced thinking, inclusion, conflict resolution, and openness to diverse perspectives.
Trust-building is an important foundation before engaging in deeper discussion topics. This icebreaker activity will help students feel more connected.
Silent Listening With a Partner
This activity challenges students to practice listening to understand – not simply to respond— and allows them to share without fear of interruption.
Hopes and Concerns
This activity allows students to reflect, write down, and share out their hopes and concerns around engaging in constructive dialogue about issues of importance.
Dialogue Question Design Worksheet
Good questions are foundational to any constructive dialogue. This activity helps instructors craft questions that have a higher likelihood of promoting dialogue that connects – rather than divides.
The Questions Game
In pairs, students will take turns sharing a political stance they hold, and their partner will listen and only ask questions (rather than respond) in order to learn as much as they can about their partner’s views and why they hold those views.
Co-Equal Leader: The Role of the Chief Justice of the United States
The Chief Justice has numerous responsibilities besides leading the Supreme Court. Explore the roles and responsibilities of the head of the Judicial Branch and examine the seventeen Chief Justices with a helpful infographic.
Lessons plans for “The Supreme Court and the 1876 Presidential Election”
These lesson plans for both basic high school and AP US History have been created for students who have watched the video. Students will analyze a map of 1876 electoral votes, a cartoon depicting a Black voter being turned away from the ballot box, an infographic about voting procedures that highlights the role of canvassing