Activity 2: Learning from Disagreements
Activity time: 25 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Journals or notebooks, one for each participant
- Variety of writing and drawing materials, such as pens, pencils, fine point color markers, and color pencils
- Newsprint, markers, and tape
Preparation for Activity
- Write on newsprint, and post:
- Recall a time in your life when your ethical/moral understandings or precepts differed from those of other people in a group to which you belonged. What were the circumstances? What ethical principle(s) lay behind your point of view? Did you understand what ethical principle(s) lay behind the others' point of view? What did you decide to do?
- Recall a time when you did not agree with the ethical or moral precepts of a loved one or an authority figure in your life. What were the circumstances? What ethical principle(s) lay behind your point of view? Did you understand what ethical principle(s) lay behind the other person's point of view? What did you decide to do?
Description of Activity
Point out the two prompts you have posted and invite participants to choose one or the other and find their story. Invite them to write or draw in their journal before sharing with others in a small group. Allow ten minutes for reflection and writing.
Then, invite participants to create groups of three and to share their stories with one another. Allow ten minutes for small group conversation, and then re-gather the large group. Ask: "What did you discover about your own moral or ethical precepts as you wrote and told your story?"
Including All Participants
This activity introduces journaling, which continues through the subsequent workshops. Provide a journaling alternative for visually impaired participants and/or participants with other impediments to journaling in a notebook. You might invite a participant to dictate thoughts in confidence to a co-facilitator.
Some participants may have a hard time hearing in a room with many groups speaking at once. Invite groups to move apart or provide areas for groups to meet outside the main room.
Create a large-print handout that includes the discussion questions to assist those who are visually impaired.