Reaction Paper Exercises
Introduction and Explanation

Many environmental controversies can grow into heated exchanges when individuals from the private sector, government agencies, activist groups, and the public sit down to resolve the issues.  Many times there is little room for hope or comprimise let alone problem resolution.

The objective of this exercise is to take real life passages from textbooks, newspapers, and the Internent that are potentially inflammatory and have the students role play responses.  Students will be required to take the roles of individuals from many different sides of the same dispute.  This should enable students in the course to better understand other viewpoints and hopefully enhance their mediation skills in not only environmental issues, but all walks of life.