Compromise Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about compromise. Students will learn about different types of compromises and compare compromise to negotiation.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Define positive and negative compromise
  • Compare compromise to negotiation


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


  • compromise
  • negative compromise
  • negotiation
  • positive compromise
  • ultimatum


  • Copies of the quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Chart paper
  • Markers

Reading & Discussion

  • Pass out copies of Compromise: Definition & Examples to the students.
  • Read the first two sections of the lesson entitled 'Jack and Diane' and 'What is Compromise?' with students.
  • Ask students to think of some examples of compromise in the following scenarios to share with the class:
    • relationships
    • political debates
    • business negotiations
  • Read the next two sections of the lesson entitled 'Positive Compromise' and 'Negative Compromise.'
  • Create a Venn diagram on chart paper that compares positive and negative compromise.
  • Read the final two sections of the lesson entitled 'Compromise vs. Negotiation' and 'Lesson Summary.'
  • Ask students to create a class definition of negotiation.
  • Have students turn and talk to a partner about a time when negotiation would work better than a compromise.
  • Pass out the printable worksheet. Have students complete the questions independently, then check the answers together.

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