Deliberating in a Democracy Ethanol

Lesson Duration

by Jennifer Bloom, Claudia Parliament, Alan Withers, and Filiz Yargici

Engage students in a Structured Academic Controversy in this lesson that focuses on developing deliberation skills using the issue of ethanol (a critical question for Minnesota and the nation and world). This lesson from Deliberating in a Democracy Minnesota (DIDMN) project teaches deliberation skills that ensure that conflicting views can be heard, understood, and valued, and students will develop the ability to find solutions to important issues. Lesson includes a student reading which is used by small groups as they increase their understanding of the issue. This is democracy in action!


  • Students will learn the process of deliberation
  • Students will increase understanding of the multiple perspectives of the use of ethanol
  • Students will practice skills for democracy

Time to Complete

One class period

Materials needed


See Deliberating in a Democracy Steps and Steps Video





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