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Lesson 7: Knowing Your Audience

In this lesson students will identify potential allies and opponents on their issue and consider how to make effective arguments with their audience in mind.

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Common Core State Standards (CCSS)


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one on- one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 issues, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

College, Career, and Civic Life Framework (C3)


Evaluate citizens’ and institutions’ effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.


Analyze the role of citizens in the U.S. political system, with attention to various theories of democracy, changes in Americans’ participation over time, and alternative models from other countries, past and present

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