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Peace Literacy Lessons for Middle School

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The 3 Elements of Peace Literacy
(13 mins)

Curriculum Map for the 3 Elements of Peace Literacy
(22 mins)

Healthy Belonging
(11 mins)

Building Shared Trust
(18 mins)

Peace as a skill-set
(4 mins)

We've put together a 4 part video series of short Zoom recordings introducing some of the basics of Peace Literacy for educators:

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

The Landscape of Our Human Needs

Our understanding of peace is only as good as our understanding of our non-physical needs and the tangles of trauma. This is a multi-part unit.

Metis: An Introduction

This multi-part unit makes use of a compelling allegory centered around the Greek goddess Metis, helping students learn how to make good decisions, take effective actions, and unlock the power of waging peace.


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

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Navigating Crisis, Uncertainty, and Technology

This unit has three short lessons (about 30 minutes each) for middle school kids, their teachers, and families. It was designed to address many of the urgent emotional and relational issues students were facing in the midst of the pandemic, but many of these issues have persisted long after the pandemic and so the lessons remain highly relevant.

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

NEW! Check out our

curricular resources for implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

consistent with a Peace Literacy approach,

and our resources page to find other support materials for teaching Peace Literacy in middle school settings.

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