Recent policy changes relative to cannabis are creating debates in Canadian society. When addressing complex issues like drug use, people often find it difficult to have productive conversations. Dialogue provides a different approach. Dialogue is a manner of communication that involves two-way conversations where people not only speak to each other but also really listen. The goal is to leave the conversation with a better understanding of each other and the different perspectives that make up a community.
School is a great context for citizens to acquire important dialogic skills. Cannabis legalization provides interesting opportunities to practice and hone these skills. “Turning to One Another” is a insightful poem by Margaret Wheatley about the power of talking with each other and creating social changes. This lesson uses the poem to explore different aspects of dialogue and its significance in the context of shifting policies regarding cannabis.
Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
People understand text differently depending on their worldviews and perspectives
Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens
Think critically, creatively, and reflectively to explore ideas within, between, and beyond texts
Recognize and identify the role of personal, social, and cultural contexts, values, and perspectives in texts
Construct meaningful personal connections between self, text, and world
Respond to text in personal, creative, and critical ways
Exchange ideas and viewpoints to build shared understanding and extend thinking
Use and experiment with oral storytelling processes
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