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Choosing One from Many

Handout 2.2

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Task: Choose a second symbol that will represent Canada, along with the flag, at an international demonstration.

Step One: Create a question to focus your inquiry on.

Step Two: Brainstorm at least 10 different Canadian symbols and then narrow your choices down to five and write your choices in the alternative boxes in the organizational chart.

Step Three: How will you evaluate the choices? Brainstorm as many different evaluation criteria (e.g. represents all Canadians, is uniquely Canadian, etc.) as possible and then choose the best four. It is allowable to combine some of your original choices. Place your chosen criteria into the organizational chart.

Step Four: Rank your alternatives for each of the criteria using a 1-5 scale with 5 being the best possible score.

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Step Five: Based on the results of your organizational chart decide which symbol you will choose. If you have a tie -- come up with a tie-breaker.

Step Six: Reflect upon your decision. Are you satisfied that it is the best choice? What evidence can you provide to back up your choice? E.g. come up with an example of how it meets each of the criteria you have used.

Step Seven: Take action. Present your choice to the class using your examples to convince your classmates that to accept your choice as theirs.

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