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This provides teachers the materials and guidance for students to learn different perspectives on the issue of free speech, discuss them and listen to each other in a respectful and civil manner, and appreciate differences while finding common ground.

With news and materials from left, center and right sources plus a structured process for discussion, teachers, administrators and parents can be assured that multiple points of view are discussed and respected in a civil, beneficial manner.

☛ Teachers! Have you done the Relationships First component in your classroom yet? Consider starting with it to establish a solid foundation. ☚

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First, students need to understand the issue better including viewpoints from across the political spectrum. Here are a variety of resources to include.


Next, you want the students to participate in a healthy, collaborative dialog

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Lesson Plan:

★ This can be done as a single class or over several class periods. Extending the lesson will allow for more in depth understanding.★

Learning Goals:

Also see how this program complies with Common Core standards.

  • Collaboration: Students will discuss free speech while working in small groups (if a large class) or as an entire class.

  • Civil conversation and conflict resolution: Students will learn how to listen, understand and respect one another’s views, especially when there are differences of opinion and background.

  • Research and analysis: Students will have a deeper understanding of the different perspectives on illegal immigration, including their own, their classmates, and the country at large, through researching the topic across biases and discussing.

Homework prior to class:

Read about Learning Goals and Common Core Standards that our Schools Program addresses.