Deliberating in a Democracy Farm Subsidies

Lesson Duration

Jennifer Bloom, Claudia Parliament, Alan Withers, Filiz Yargici

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

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 reading about the pros and cons of farm subsidies for increasing understanding of the issue.


  • Students will learn the process of deliberation
  • Students will increase understanding of the farm subsidy issue from multiple perspectives
  • Students will practice skills for democracy

Time to Complete

One class period

Materials needed


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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.