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Caitlin Burrows & Robin Fox Education 240 February 2006 Obstacles to open discussion and Critical Thinking Carol Trosset Article Lesson Plan Objectives: Identify different functions of a discussion Share examples of controversial/difficult discussion issues Explore reasons why certain topics are difficult to discuss Discuss the roles safety and comfort play in a discussion Foster a discussion in which every student participates Set-Up and Materials: The chairs will be set up in a semi-circle shape with the facilitators, Caitlin and Robin, sitting in the front of the classroom. This setup not only allows students to see one another, but also the facilitators and the whiteboard in the front of the classroom. Secondly, it allows the facilitators to have access to the white board without disrupting the discussion and without having to have a student’s back to them or the board. The materials needed are the Trosset article, slips of paper asking for a topic that the student feels comfortable talking about and one that they are uncomfortable talking about, slips of paper with different quotes from the Trosset article, a shoe box, the whiteboard, and a whiteboard marker. Introduction: (5 minutes) Caitlin will introduce the topic to the students by saying, “We are now going to lead a lesson based on the Trosset article, ‘Obstacles to Open Discussion and Critical Thinking’.” To begin, she will tell the class that, with a partner, they are to discuss reasons why one might have a discussion: to convince others of their opinion, to reach a consensus, to gain insight, and finally, to hear themselves talk. Robin will pair off the students, and then give each pair a slip of paper with one of the following four quotations from the Trosett article: “The main reason students gave for wanting to discuss a particular topic was that they held strong views on the subject and wished to convince others” (p. 46). o Function of discussion this statement alludes to: advocacy “Ideally, people should talk in order to mold all opinions together in a compromise” (p.
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