Disagreeing - 3

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Definition:To disagree is to have differing feelings or opinions from others.

Discussion Points

  • What does it mean to disagree?
  • Is it okay to disagree?
  • What are the consequences of disagreeing?
  • How do we disagree respectfully and politely?

Some Thoughts About Disagreeing

  • Refrain from putting others down when disagreeing.
  • Listen to other people's point of view.
  • Avoid the use abusive language when disagreeing

Review Discussion Points:

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

Reciprocal Questioning:

  • Divide students into pairs or small groups.
  • Have the pairs/groups develop questions to ask other pair/groups about discussion points.
  • Provide “anchor questions” (What are things that might cause a disagreement between people? How can disagreements be solved? What can happen if a disagreement is not solved?).
  • Once pairs/groups have questions written, bring the students together and lead discussion using the questions.
  • Think. Pair. Share:

      The teacher will pose questions related to the discussion points. Explain the purpose of the activity is to think about the question and activate prior knowledge. The teacher will model the activity to facilitate student understanding.

    • T (Think): Teacher begins by asking students what can cause a disagreement between two people.
    • P (Pair): Each student should be paired with another student, small group or work with teacher. Pairs write brief answers on sticky notes or slips of paper.
    • S (Share): Students share their thinking with their partner. Teacher then leads whole-group conversation using students’ answers.

Activity 1: How to Respectfully Disagree

Allow students to utilize student activity sheet A to take notes during the video. Discuss the video when finished. Save student activity sheet A for future activities.

Materials Needed:
  • Youtube video: https://youtu.be/Y6EPw2FOEZA
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per person
  • Pencil for each person

Activity 2: Personal Narrative

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. Seek volunteers to share when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per person
  • Pencil for each person

Activity 3: Scenarios

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet C. Discuss students’ answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student activity sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the problem. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • A scenario in which characters are having a disagreement, characters explain why they are disagreeing and how they are feeling, share suggestions to handle the disagreement, characters settle the disagreement using a suggested strategy, use of appropriate ways to end the conversation.
  • Materials Needed:
    • White board/chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Script Writing Practice: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts identifying character strengths. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct each student should take turns to have the opportunity to be both character one and character two.

    Animation Creation: Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

    Lesson Review

    Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
    • A pencil for each student

    Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.


    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: After watching the video, list the 5 tips given for disagreeing.

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Directions: Think of a time you were in a situation in which you disagreed with someone. How did you handle it?

    Did you use any of the tipss in activity 1? If so, which?

    Student Activity Sheet C

    Directions: Read each statement. How could you respectfully disagree? Keep in mind the 5 tips for disagreeing from activity 1.

    1. My dog is the cutest dog ever!

    2. Max did a better job on his science fair project than you did.

    3. I am the fastest runner in the class.

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: In you own words, explain how you can disagree with someone respectfully.