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Making Civics Real Workshop 7: Controversial Public Policy Issues  
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Lesson Plan: Teaching the Lesson: Activity 5

Activity 5: Teams Present Consensus Positions
On the board draw one long line with Position A written at one end and Position B written at the other end. Ask each group to have one person share their group’s consensus position and the reasons that support it. Also ask the groups to decide where they want their position placed on the continuum between Position A and Position B.

Begin the presentation portion of this activity by asking which group’s position is similar to Position B, and have them make their presentation. Then ask if any group has a position they think is somewhere in the middle and allow them to present. Because there may be as many as eight groups, the “middle” positions may stack on top of one other. The visual presented by this experience should show the class that most groups find some middle ground and situations on controversial public policy issues.

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