Purpose: What kind of thinking
does this routine encourage?
The True for Who routine helps students cast a wide net for facts and arguments by imagining how an issue looks from different points of view. The
routine also helps students see how different viewpoints and situations
might influence the stances people are likely to take.
Application: When and Where can
it be used?
What we think is true often depends on what we see and care about
from our own perspective. Like the Circle of Viewpoints routine
in the Fairness Ideal, this routine helps students consider the
roles of context and perspective in shaping what people believe.
It can be used at any point in the process of puzzling about truth,
once the truth-claim has been clarified.
Launch: What are some tips for starting
and using this routine?
Begin the discussion by clarifying a claim and imagining various
perspectives on the topic. After the brainstorm, ask each student
to choose one of these viewpoints to embody. Give them time to prepare
to speak about the topic from that perspective and to elaborate
on the viewpoint using the three sentence stems to structure what
he or she says. Taking turns, students can go around the circle
and speak briefly about their chosen viewpoint. The circle of viewpoints
can be graphically documented on the board or on a poster using
the formatted sheet on the next page. After many different viewpoints
are dramatized, ask students to step out of their roleplaying and
reflect on the issue. What do they think about the claim now? What
are some questions about the claim now?