Without speaking to your partner, think of at least five things you believe he or she likes (e.g., favorite color, activities, music, food). Base your ideas only on what you can learn about your partner from what you can see. List your ideas in the first column on your paper.
In the second column, write down the evidence that supports each of your ideas.
Tell your students that you would like them to explore their opinions about a topic of current interest.
Ask the students to choose a category such as school, music, food, television, or a theme currently being discussed in a curricular area.
Present the students with a list of opposites describing a variety of opinions and perspectives such as rich/poor, beautiful/ugly, easy/difficult, delicious/disgusting, boring/interesting.
Ask each student to write down the name of an activity, a thing, or an idea (not a person!) that represents each concept. Encourage students to respond according to their honest feelings, not according to what is cool or funny.
Once students have completed their individual lists, have students share some of their responses. As a group, look at the variety of perceptions represented by the students' lists.