will identify everyday peacemakers.
Agenda written on chalkboard or chart paper
[Note: This lesson requires an adult who agrees to be interviewed
by the class. Ideally this person would be someone the students
might identify as a peacemaker. Brief the person on the type of
questions that will be asked so he or she can think about the
subject in advance.]
Gathering: Imagining Peace
the following sentences on the board:
color is peace?
kind of weather is peace?
animal is peace?
sound is peace?
holiday is peace?
form of transportation?
the activity by choosing one of the questions and answering it.
(Example: Peace is like the color green.) Go around the group
asking each student to choose one of the questions about the quality
of peace to answer. You can add new questions if you wish.
over the day's plan and ask if it seems okay.
Activity: Peacemakers in the Community
Students will interview an adult about peace and peacemakers.
Brainstorm a list of interviewing questions and write them
on the board or on chart paper. Some possibilities are:
does peace mean to you?
a time when you experienced peace. Where were you? What were
you doing? Who was with you?
was a time that you were a peacemaker? What happened? Who were
the people involved? How did it come out?
there some ways that you think you are not a peacemaker?
are one or two other people who stand out in your mind as peacemakers?
Why do you choose them?
Model an interview by interviewing a student. Use questions
the class has brainstormed, with follow-up questions if appropriate.
Have the students interview an adult from the school or community
whom you have invited to the class. They should use the questions
they have brainstormed. Let the students know they can ask questions
that are not on the board to follow up what someone has said if
it seems appropriate.
is something new we did today that you would like to do again?
Ask, Who is someone you know whom you regard as a peacemaker?
Interviewing Peacemakers in the School
peacemakers in the school. What people around the school act as
peacemakers? What have they done? Are school peacemakers only
adults or do students sometimes act as peacemakers?
a brief questionnaire with the class. Assign pairs of students
to interview people around the school about times they were peacemakers.
Have pairs practice interviewing each other.
Interviewing Older People About Peace
students use interview questionnaires to interview at least one
person their parents' age and one person older than their parents.
together a class book consisting of drawings or photographs of
some of the people interviewed, together with their most interesting
students use their journals (or create special journals) to record
occasions when someone in class acted as a peacemaker or times
when they noticed someone in their lives acting as a peacemaker.
Famous Americans as Peacemakers
study of famous Americans is already part of the curriculum. You
can infuse peace education into the study of those famous lives
by asking about each, "In what ways was this person a peacemaker?
In what ways was the person not a peacemaker?"
Biographies of Peacemakers
your school library for appropriate biographies of peacemakers.
You may want to divide the class into a number of committees and
ask each to research one peacemaker and report to the class. Or
you may want to focus on one well- known peacemaker. In that case,
each committee can research a particular part of the person's
life and report to the class.
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