Structured Academic Controversy (SAC

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What?
Working in pairs and then teams,
you will explore an issue through
opposing positions and try to reach
a consensus or, at least, clarify
where your differences lie.

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Central Historical Question
Was Lincoln racist?

Discussion Norms
•Active listening
•Challenge ideas, not persons
•Try your best to understand other position
•Share the floor: each person in pair MUST
have the opportunity to speak
•No disagreeing until consensus-building

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Sequence
•Form into teams (partner prep)
•Team A presentation
• Team A presents
• Restatement (by Pair B)
•Team B presentation
• Team B presents
• Restatement (by Pair A)
•Consensus-Building
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