Handling Opposition - 3

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Definition: Handling opposition is defined as; addressing a conflict toward another person when they are hostile and angry.

Discussion Points

  • Having opposing ideas and outlooks on a particular subject happenings several times throughout the day.
  • People can have opposing ideas on specific situations and still maintain a friendship or working relationship.
  • It is important to listen and hear a person’s opposing viewpoint.
  • Can you have a relationship with a person who has an opposing viewpoint?

Discuss with students the meaning of handling opposition.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

Idea Collage:

  • Teacher poses a question or asks for examples of a lesson discussion point.
  • Using chart paper, the teacher labels the sheet with a discussion point.
  • Students write responses on sticky notes, draw a picture, or cut images/words from a magazine.
  • Students post responses on chart paper.
  • Teacher leads classroom discussion using the posted responses.

Reciprocal Questioning:

  • Divide students into pairs or small groups.
  • Have the pairs/groups develop questions using to ask other pair/groups about the discussion points.
  • Provide “anchor questions” (Do you think it is easier to agree or disagree? Why is it important to listen to another person's opposing viewpoint? ).
  • Once pairs/groups have questions written, bring the students together and lead discussion using their questions.

Activity 1: Circumstances

Allow students to write a situation when it is important to have an opposing view on a sticky notes. Discuss students' answers. Save responses for Activity 2.

Materials Needed:
  • Sticky note for each student
  • Pencil for each group

Activity 2: Role Play

Assign students to work with a partner. Give two situations from activity 1 to each group. Allow students to role play how to handle the situation appropriately.

Materials Needed:
  • Sticky notes from Activity 1

Activity 3: Personal Narrative

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. Seek volunteers to share.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per person
  • 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:

  • Create an animation that shows a conflict between characters and the steps to handle opposition.
  • 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 using the prompts above.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct students to take turns being 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 time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

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


    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: Write about a time you had to handle opposition. Give examples of how you handled the situation correctly or incorrectly.

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Complete the following questions.

    1. What are some examples of circumstances when you may have to disagree with others?

    2. How do you handle opposition respectfully?