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Argument Mapping the Mysteries

March 20 - April 14, 2023


Grades 6 - 8



Skills Learned:

Logical reasoning
Charitable disagreement
Mystery writing


Classtimes will be coordinated between the Lead Teacher and Partner Teacher

Session Length:

March 20 - April 14, 2023

Number of Sessions:

1 of 2


Course Program:

In this class, students will develop the skills of charitable disagreement by mapping mystery stories with claims, evidence, and reasoning. Using materials developed with Harvard University's Thinker Analytix Program, students will be unpacking clues and evidence from a series of slightly ridiculous mystery stories to try to figure out and defend their opinions of whodunnit. When students develop the skills of charitable disagreement, they can be applied globally to break down toxic polarization, a life skill that can then transfer across difficult conversations.

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Susannah Remillard

Susannah Remillard is a middle school teacher at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, teaching sixth grade language arts and seminar classes on sustainability and restorative agriculture. She runs the Roots and Shoots Club at her school and manages the three sisters garden. In 2019, she completed a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching at Victoria University in Wellington, NZ, including a capstone on the importance of teaching difficult history and indigneous narratives and a TEDx on the same topic. She completed National Geographic Educator certification focusing on stories of immigration and works with the Qatar Foundation and Thinker Analytix as a teacher leader. Her teaching practice has been featured by First Book in its Empowering Educators Series on Antibias and Antiracist classroom practices.

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