Close Up Conversation #1A: Building Relationships
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RECOMMENDED GRADE LEVELS: 6-8

To build understanding, explore the perspectives of others, and openly exchange ideas and beliefs, we must first develop relationships. Our communities shape a lot about who we are and, just like individuals, there can also be a great deal that different communities have in common. This conversation provides a series of questions and prompts to help participants get to know more about one another and each others’ communities. 

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Close Up Conversation #1B: Comparing Cultures & Communities
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RECOMMENDED GRADE LEVELS: 6-8

Our culture can be difficult to define, but nevertheless it has a profound effect on who we are and how we view the world. Understanding the unique aspects of our own culture can help us identify with others as well as value the differences that exist between us. Through this guided conversation, you will learn more about each others' communities and cultures. 

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Close Up Conversation #1C: Exploring American Identity
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RECOMMENDED GRADE LEVELS: 6-8

What makes someone an American? What seems like a simple question may not be as obvious as you think. In fact, the question of what makes someone an American continues to be debated to this day. The questions and prompts below will guide a conversation that helps you pull together your understanding of each other’s communities and what it means to “be an American.” 

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Close Up Conversation #2A: Building Relationships
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RECOMMENDED GRADE LEVELS: 9-12

We shape our world through relationships. Most people agree we want classrooms and communities where all people have dignity and respect. Yet respectful interactions are often not what we see modeled in the media and in politics. And far too many people feel disrespected in their lives. What can we do about this? 

In this conversation, you and other participants will explore questions around relationships, respecting differences, and resolving problems. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about the importance of putting relationships first.

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Close Up Conversation #2B: Political Values
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RECOMMENDED GRADE LEVELS: 9-12

This conversation is about political values and how they influence our decision-making. Students will have already met their paired classroom using the “building relationships" conversation protocol. Since that conversation, they will have engaged in in-class discussions about political values that are relevant in the U.S. context, and will have discussed their ideas about those values. 
 
In this conversation, you will be reacquainted with your paired classroom and will draw on your in-class discussions about political values to explore the differences and commonalities among all participants.By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think about political values and their importance for discussing complicated policy issues.

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Close Up Conversation #2C (Option 1): Immigration
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RECOMMENDED GRADE LEVELS: 9-12

In this conversation, you will be reacquainted with students from your paired classroom, and will draw on your discussions about political values as well as your reading and discussions about immigration -- both legal and illegal -- and the proper response of government. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think this important social and political issue.

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Close Up Conversation #2C (Option 2): Climate Change
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RECOMMENDED GRADE LEVELS: 9-12

In this conversation, you will be reacquainted with students from your paired classroom, and will draw on your discussions about political values as well as your reading and discussions about climate change to discuss policy issues relating to climate, energy, and the environment. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think this important social and political issue.

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Close Up Conversation #2C (Option 3): Opioid Crisis
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RECOMMENDED GRADE LEVELS: 9-12

In this conversation, you will be reacquainted with students from your paired classroom, and will draw on your discussions about political values as well as your reading and discussions about the opioid epidemic, public health, and the proper response of government. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think this important social and political issue.

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Close Up Conversation #2C (Option 4): School Shootings
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In this conversation, you will be reacquainted with students from your paired classroom, and will draw on your discussions about political values as well as your reading and discussions about firearms and the second amendment to discuss policy issues relating to guns, gun ownership, and public safety. By practicing the conversation agreements and sticking to the three-round structure, you’ll learn more about how you and your peers think this important social and political issue.

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Close Up: Verify Your Connection to the Platform
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The purpose of this test conversation guide is to test and demonstrate the process of logging into the Close Up platform.  

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WAC Summer Institute: Sharing Perspectives on Immigration
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This conversation guide accompanies the Wednesday, August 5th session of the World Affairs Council Summer Institute.  The purpose of this guide is to learn and practice civil discourse skills, using the complex topic of immigration policy as a backdrop.

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