Four Corners for Perspective-taking

For Middle Level

Purpose
To build the skills of perspective-taking

Process
This activity works best with topics on which students have a variety of opinions; current events in particular work well.

Corners or areas of the room are labeled with the signs: "Agree," "Disagree," "Somewhat agree", "Somewhat disagree." The leader makes statements about a chosen topic. With each statement, students move to the sign which corresponds to their response. Before making the next statement, the leader can ask several students to explain why they chose that specific corner.

Examples
Topic: Energy conservation
Hybrid cars are the best way to save energy.
We save energy in this school.
I save energy in my home.
I would give up some of my personal comfort to safe energy.


Topic: Wildlife management
We should try to manage wildlife.
Hunters should have more say about wildlife management.
Deer should be hunted year-round.
Deer should not be hunted.

Resources
Signs to label corners

Time
Five to ten minutes for each topic

Related Activity Type: 
Engaged Learning Strategies