The Disagreement Project

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6th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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Want to help your students discuss current issues with evidence and empathy?

The Disagreement Project is a simple, fun, and structured activity where students engage in a discussion about a topic of their choosing (or yours). This activity helps students develop the reasoning and social emotional skills needed to engage in productive disagreements.

The steps are simple: students choose a partner with whom they disagree, record a discussion with their partner, show that they understand their partner's point of view, evaluate their partner's argument, and then reflect on their experience. Battle-tested by hundreds of teachers and students, this project is designed to be used off-the-shelf to help students have better discussions about controversial issues.

This resource is brought to you by ThinkerAnalytix, an educational non-profit partnered with the Harvard University Department of Philosophy.

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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.


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