Strategies for Building Consensus

Dealing with controversial topics in the classroom can be very challenging and teachers need to be prepared with strategies for creating a space where students can build empathy and understanding while still having a voice. The Structured Academic Controversy strategy is one way to teach students how to build consensus and find common ground around controversial topics. Linked in the sidebar of this resource are handouts you can use to design a consensus-building strategy for your class, as well as articles you can use for one particular topic: Should 16 Year Olds be able to Vote?



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