Speed-Dating Discussion

Today, I would like you to have discussions with your peers. In this discussion I want you to think about what we have learned in this unit and how that applies to the present day. Also, remember what we have discussed about being tolerant—this applies to the way that you will discuss your ideas with others. I do not ask that you agree with everything your partners say, however, if you do disagree, do so respectfully. This will be the format of the discussion: The desks will be lined up in pairs facing one another. Round 1: Those in the right row, move to your left. This will last for 10 minutes. With your partner, discuss what your ‘Intolerance Journal.’ Try to refrain from discussing things we have discussed in class. This will be your time to share your outside observations and examples. Make sure each partner has time to share. You can: • Read from your journal. • Summarize your findings. • Discuss how you used your journal. • Discuss what you learned from your observations of intolerance in your world. Round 2: Those in the right row, move to your left. This will last for 10 minutes. With your partner, discuss the texts we studied within this unit and how that informed your views about intolerance, discrimination, prejudices and how that applies to the present day. Texts: Night, Long Walk Home, Oprah and Elie Wiesel at Auschwitz , “Cyberbullying: You Can’t Take it Back,” Band of Brothers, Mad Men, “I Have a Dream Speech,” “U.S. Calls Killings In Sudan Genocide,” “Two Little Boys” Round 3: Those in the right row, move to your left. This will last for 10 minutes. With your partner, discuss what we can do about what we have learned. How as students, citizens, and members of a community can we work towards being tolerant in the school, in the community, and in the world? We will then come back to a large group to discuss these issues with the whole class. Thus, it may help if you write some notes about your discussions with your partners. What are their views? What are your views on each question?

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