Example 4-2: Conversation Starter (general)

Kathleen FitzGerald teaches civics, government, and senior projects at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School at Cambridge, MA. She developed assorted kinds of light-touch applications of the 10 Questions framework, which might be useful for introductory points. Originally aimed at high school students, these activities are transferable to middle school students, too.

A video conversation: Kathleen had her students watch Bryan Stevenson’s TED talk, “We need to talk about an injustice,” and then write reflection journals about the talk. Then students circulated each other’s journals to exchange ideas and comment. Here is the key: students were asked to read their peers’ journals as bearing the 10 Questions in mind and to identify particular sentences that pertain to the 10 Questions framework. See the student reflection journals marked with their peers’ comments on them, tagged with questions: “Where do we start?”  “How can we find allies?”  “How can we get from voice to change?” This strategy helped students better understand not only the Stevenson talk but also what their peers thought about the talk.   See the students' reflection notes below. 


Stevenson Ted Talk