lessons for high school
(scroll down for new covid curriculum)
Peace Literacy Lesson Plan 1

This three-part unit is designed for middle and high school.

The unit includes sections on:

  • Understanding and Healing Aggression

  • Recognizing and Applying the Power of Respect

  • Resolving Conflict/The Power of Calm

We also have two 90 min lessons designed for high school and college focusing on:

  • Understanding and Healing Aggression

  • Navigating Conflict/Cultivating Calm

The Landscape of Our Human Needs

Our understanding of peace is only as good as our understanding of the human condition and trauma. This is a multi-part unit.

Metis: An Introduction

This multi-part unit teaches how to make good decisions, take effective actions, and unlock the power of waging peace, through a compelling allegory drawn from Greek mythology.

The Allegory of Metis

The Muscles of Metis (The Muscles of Our Humanity)

Navigating Crisis

The Constellation of Peace

This four-part unit leads students into a deeper and more practical understanding of peace that helps them to navigate the storms of life, the uncharted waters of new technologies, and the turbulence of our national and global challenges. It has been designed for middle school but can be modified to suit older students and adults.


Unit Introduction and Part 1: The Power of Ideals


Part 2: The Stars of Struggle, Training, Truth, and Strategy


Part 3: The Allegory of Video Games

Navigating Crisis, Uncertainty, and Technology

This is a new unit with three short lessons (about 30 minutes each) for middle school kids, their teachers, and families, but also relevant for many high school students; it is designed to address many of the urgent emotional and relational issues students are facing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, presented in a format conducive to distance learning.

The lessons are richly illustrated in the following PPT slides (the text and illustrations are animated so please be sure to use “Presentation Mode” to get the full effect. The slides are large files so they might take some time to download.


Navigating Crisis Teacher's Guide


Navigating Crisis Through The Storm


Navigating Crisis Uncharted Waters


Navigating Crisis The Fog of the Digital World

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