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Lesson 1: Building Tools for Civic Discourse - 3 of 3 (Sample)

This lesson from Creating Democratic Classrooms helps students build empathy through storytelling. In a story exchange, students practice active listening skills as they first try to understand an experience through the storyteller's perspective, then retell it. 

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Common Core State Standards (CCSS)


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

College, Career, and Civic Life Framework (C3)


Compare deliberative processes used by a wide variety of groups in various settings.

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