Welcome to the Close Up Conversation Series!
Using these resources and lesson plans students will:
Independent and Facilitated conversation options:
Step 1: Classroom Consultation Call (optional)
Close Up Conversation Series materials are designed to be ready-to-use for teachers and students. Through a consultation call, Close Up staff can offer additional support and activities for you and your students. These activities include:
Step 2: Review Teacher Guide
To help educators create a more meaningful experience for their students, this Teacher Guide provides you with recommended activities to be completed before online conversations. We strongly encourage educators to use these lesson plans to help students become familiar with the topics and terminology used throughout the conversation series. See High School Teacher Guide here. See Middle School Teacher Guide here.
Step 3: Participate in Conversation #1
Before this scheduled conversation, we recommend you prepare your students for their first conversation by completing the activity ‘Preparing for Conversation 1’ found in Teacher Guide (link and page number).
Conversation #1 Building Relationships: In this first conversation students will explore the personal and community impact of COVID-19 and discuss the role of community in a crisis.
Step 4: Participate in Conversation #2
Before this scheduled conversation, conduct the in-class activity ‘Preparing for Conversation 2’ found in Teacher Guide – Link it back to teacher guide and page # .
Conversation #2 Political Values: In this conversation, students will draw on their discussions about political values to explore the differences and commonalities among all participants.
Step 5: Participate in Conversation #3
Before this scheduled conversation, conduct the activity ‘Preparing for Conversation 3’ found in Teacher Guide. In order for students to fully participate in this conversation, it is strongly recommended that you ask your students to review the policy guide for the chosen policy topic.
Conversation #3 Policy Discussion: In this final conversation, students will discuss a series of recommendations addressing a major policy issue and share their varying perspectives on ideal solutions. Policy options include:
Step 6: Reflection
Let us know your thoughts! After completing the Close Up Conversation Series, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback. We would love to hear about your experience in the program!