We Are Civil Communicators
When we talk about our personal beliefs and politics, passions can run high -- especially when we're online. These intense moments can often lead to tit-for-tat insults, or worse. But, if addressed calmly and coolly, they can be an opportunity to find common ground and deeper understanding. Teach students to keep disagreements civil so their ideas will be heard and so they can advocate for positive change.
Consider: Social Megaphone10 mins.
Explore: Disconnected Discourse25 mins.
Create: Stay COOL20 mins.
You will need to specify a debate question for your discussion. We recommend using a question related to the previous activity in this lesson, such as:
Is it possible to change someone's mind in an online discussion? If so, how? If not, why not?
Even if you aren't able to persuade the other person of your argument, is still important to be civil? Why or why not?
Alternatively, you can use a debate question related to a topic you've previously explored in class or use an existing public discussion from Kialo. Please note that although Kialo is well-monitored and devoid of inappropriate content, if you use a public discussion, you will not be able to control the content that students see.