The Opinion Line

This activity gives everyone, even shy students, a chance to take a stand and express an opinion.

The conversations after taking a stand are an important part of the activity. The role of the teacher is to make sure everyone is included, and that nobody is insulted or teased by their classmates.

1. Mark a line on the classroom floor using paper or string. Ask all the students to stand on the line. Explain that one end means YES and the other means NO. Read a statement out loud and let the students choose where to stand on the line based on how much or how little they agree.

2. Start with simple statements to help the students understand the method, like ‘Buses travel faster than bicycles’.

3. Move on to statements about a particular child rights issue, for example, some of the issues raised in this year’s WCP Program:
• Girls have the same value as boys.
• Children who are differently abled should have the same opportunities as other children.
• Girls are a burden on their families.

4. Ask the students to briefly explain why they have chosen their positions. Students can change their positions on the line if someone or something causes them to change their minds.