Creating a Brave Space

Civics Lesson
People, Identity & Culture
Teenage girl talks during group discussion of a diverse group of teens and adults

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Grade Level:
High School
People, Identity & Culture

What is My Role in Creating and Participating in a Brave Space for Myself and Others?

Everyone wants a welcoming classroom where every student feels appreciated, supported and able to express their ideas. While creating a safe space has been the focus for a long time, we are now calling on educators and students to create “brave spaces.” These are spaces where everyone feels that they can contribute, that they will be heard and they are willing to challenge and be challenged. Conversations about current events, politics, race, among other topics can be difficult, but learning is likely to occur when the classroom is a brave space and everyone is willing to consider a new way of seeing things. The practice of establishing and maintaining a brave space in the classroom is one that can be reinforced and applies to learning beyond civics.

About the Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will learn what a brave space is, and pledge an action towards creating and/or participating in a brave space classroom.

Standard(s):

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2

Objective(s):

  • Visualize what brave space means.
  • Discuss the definition of brave space.
  • Learn the brave space requirements.
  • Pledge one action to creating and/or participating in a brave space.

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