True for Who?
Connections and Extension

Dramatizing viewpoints in the True for Who? makes students’ thinking audibly visible: By hearing diverse viewpoints, students “see” the thinking behind different perspectives. Additionally, the circle of viewpoints can be graphically documented on the board or on a poster. Keep this poster available in the classroom during the unit of study and add ideas to it as necessary.

The routine can be used in a whole-class discussion, or students can work in small groups, in pairs, or even solo. You can also just do part of the routine, in the context of a larger activity. For example, you might spot a truth claim in the context of a class discussion. Even though it may not be the right time to do a whole “truth” activity, you can ask students to quickly brainstorm several different viewpoints on the claim, and then move on. 

For follow up, the viewpoints students identified can be dramatized further, by having students create a play or skit, or write a story. Students can stage a debate, or a Tug of War, between two contrasting viewpoints. Students can continue to investigate the issue, either by collecting more information or by staging an experiment to test the truth of the claim.