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Lesson 9: Listening to Learn

The magic of Project Soapbox is as much in the listening to each other as it is in the speaking one’s truth. This lesson helps students focus on how to be an engaged and supportive listener.

Practicing Empathy
Public Speaking
Democr. Foundations
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Common Core State Standards (CCSS)


Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.

College, Career, and Civic Life Framework (C3)


Apply civic virtues and democratic principles when working with others.


Use disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses to understand the characteristics and causes of local, regional, and global problems; instances of such problems in multiple contexts; and challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address these problems over time and place.

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