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Looking Closer

Take a closer look at the conversation between Steve and Scott.  Visit Being Right or Finding a Solution.  Steve and Scott have opposing needs.  One person can only fall asleep if it is quiet and the other person needs to fall asleep with the television on.  They simply have differences –– neither person is right or wrong or better or worse.  There are often many conflicting needs when people live together in communities because of people's differences.  Steve and Scott respected their differences.  No one was condemned for being different.  They were both willing to try to find a workable solution so they could continue living together.

We live together in our communities as citizens and we must be able to find ways to live together with our differences.  However, this often takes problem-solving. 

Using Steve's and Scott's conversational style, find three examples in your school, community, or in the news of situations that have been resolved or are being resolved and summarize the situations in the text box provided on the attached worksheet. 

Example:

Landlord vs. Tenants

Landlord listens to the tenants' concerns because they want more security in their apartment building.  The landlord hires a new doorman and a patrol watch.  Each tenant pays an extra $10 per month in rent for this service.  Both the landlord and the tenants feel satisfied.

After completing the attached worksheet, discuss your summarized situation with your teacher and classmates.

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It is important to understand how your communication style is interpreted by others to avoid miscommunication and misunderstandings. The goal is communicate with assertion and avoid an aggressive, passive-aggressive, or passive style of communication.

 

*Citizenship section select ideas derived from Citizenship, Learning to Live as Responsible Citizens, published by Good Apple, Inc.

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