Modules 5, 6, and 7 demonstrate three techniques for engaging students in civil dialogue about controversial issues, a critical component of all civic inquiry and investigations. Module 7 opens with a powerful conversation with Dr. Diana Hess, Dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who authored Controversy in the Classroom, The Democratic Power of Discussion and co-author of The Political Classroom, Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education. Dr. Hess is considered the leading authority on the critical need and practice of discussion and dialogue about controversial issues in classrooms.
Module 7 continues with a description of the criteria for an exemplary civil dialogue and demonstrates what the Structured Academic Controversy technique looks like in the classroom of Martha Chacon at Santa Monica High School in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District using a lesson from the Constitutional Rights Foundation Deliberating in a Democracy program, entitled “Educating Non-Citizens.”
• Civic Inquiry and Investigation Rubric
• Classroom Observation Tool
• Deliberating in a Democracy: Educating Non-Citizens
• Structured Academic Controversy Powerpoint Slides