Here’s How it Works
Constituting America’s program, “How to Have a Civil Civic Conversation,” gives your students the opportunity to learn about how to have a meaningful Civil Civic Conversation. In America’s current divisive atmosphere, it is important for students to learn how to listen and become informed about opposing points of view. Through our Civil Civic Conversation process, students will discover how to be an active part of the political future of our country, exercising their first amendment rights, protected by the U.S. Constitution.
Two passionately politically opinionated students from opposing points of view will debate a difficult timely topic chosen in consultation with you, the teacher, with the class observing. The entire classroom will then be involved, learning new skills by reading two points of view on the chosen topic in order to assess the alternative point of view. This will be followed by watching a peer to peer video, discussing dialogue techniques, and then re-engaging in conversation in a newly informed calm manner.
Students will put their Civil Civic Conversation skills to practice in the final segment of the program where they will compromise in order to create a bill simulating the process in U.S. Congress. After class participation and writing their own bill, the two starring students who started by passionately opposing each other politically, will now present their bill to their U.S. Representative, having found common ground.
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And From The Students
“when you have a civil conversation with somebody, you need to learn how to conduct yourself and how to come into the conversation smooth and calm”
“so you have to find something that you agree with them, even if it’s only like 5% of the thing that you agree on, you have to find something so you can still be friends”
“don’t always just judge them based on their opinion! you can find those gray areas where maybe you agree on something”
“i learned how to find common ground with them”
“we thought about how the other person feels and their points, instead of being stuck on how we feel and what we think is true”
“you have to acknowledge all of their opinions and disagreements”
“today i learned to really listen to people and not just listen to answer”
“and if you don’t know about something having a civil conversation with someone is a great way to learn it”