Deliberating in a Democracy Ethanol

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

Engage students in a Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) in this lesson that focuses on developing deliberation skills using the issue of ethanol (a critical question for Minnesota, the nation and world).

This lesson from the Deliberating in a Democracy Minnesota project teaches deliberation skills so that conflicting views can be heard, understood, and valued. The lesson includes a student readingĀ for increasing understanding of the issue.


  • 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

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This lesson was prepared for the Minnesota Center for Social Studies Education's 2010 Summer Institute. Deliberating in a Democracy Minnesota is supported in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.