Compendium and Resources
(under construction)

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)

New! We've put together a 4 part video series of short Zoom recordings introducing these topics for educators:

Building a more Peace Literate community starts here:

We have prepared six, single-page outlines summarizing the introductory frameworks and diagnostic tools we cover in our curriculum and workshops

(available in English, Spanish, and French)

1. Understand human needs and the tangles of trauma
(E) (S) (F)

2. Learn the anatomy of aggression
(E) (S) (F)

3. Recognize the power of respect and resolve conflict (E) (S) (F)

4. Strengthen communities
(E) (S) (F)

5. Rehumanize the dehumanized
(E) (S) (F)

6. Make good decisions, take effective actions, and unlock the power of waging peace (E) (S) (F)

You can jump to here for other kinds of resources such as films, websites, concept notes, and scholarly articles.

Want to share your own ideas? We'd love to hear from you!  Contact sharyn.clough@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Check out our resources for implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) consistent with a Peace Literacy approach.

Resources to accompany Peace Literacy Lesson Plan 1:

  • A ppt slide deck to work with elementary class kids, focused on the Anatomy of Aggression, designed by classroom teacher Joel Inman.

  • A "StoryBird" about the Three Universal Elements of Respect to help kids doing group work in class, designed by one of our curriculum developers, classroom teacher Kim Cowperthwaite.

  • An aggression rubric for assessing skill development in Recognizing Aggression as a Distress Response.

 

Resources to accompany The Garden of Strong Community:

  • A How-To Video to accompany the Garden of Strong Community lesson, designed by Anna Clouse, a graduate of the Masters in Applied Ethics at Oregon State University showing how she used the Garden of Strong Community curriculum to teach young children about our non-physical needs during the pandemic.

Books on Peace Literacy themes for kids 4-8yrs:

  • The Barnyard Buddies STOP for Peace, by Julie Penshorn

    Themes: Conflict resolution, calm, mindfulness

    Age Range: 3 - 9 years

    Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3

    Series: The Barnyard Buddies

    Hardcover: 32 pages

    Publisher: Smart Tools For Life; First Edition edition (July 6, 2017)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 0998869104

    ISBN-13: 978-0998869100

  • The Contest Between the Sun and the Wind (Rise and Shine) Aesop’s Fable

retold by Heather Forest and illustrated by Susan Gaber

Themes: Wisdom, calm, and forethought vs. rashness, brute strength

Grade Level: Preschool - 3

Series: Rise and Shine

Hardcover: 32 pages 

Publisher: National Geographic School Pub; 1 edition (June 23, 2010) 

Language: English 

ISBN-10: 0874838320 

ISBN-13: 978-0874838329

  • Moody Cow Meditates by K Lee MacLean

    Themes: Aggression, mindfulness, meditation, calm

    Age Range: 4 - 8 years

    Grade Level: Preschool and up

    Hardcover: 32 pages 

    Publisher: Wisdom Publications; 1 edition (September 1, 2009) 

    Language: English 

    ISBN-10: 086171573X 

    ISBN-13: 978-0861715732  

  • When Sophie Gets Angry, by Molly Bang 

    Themes: Aggression, mindfulness, meditation, calm

    Age Range: 4 - 8 years

    Grade Level: Preschool - 3

    Hardcover: 31 pages

    Publisher: Blue Sky Press; 1st edition (March 1, 1999)

    Language: English

    ISBN-10: 0590189794

    ISBN-13: 978-0590189798

  • Caren Stelson’s powerful books for children, including

 
 
NEW!
Resources for implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) consistent with a Peace Literacy approach.
Resources to accompany Peace Literacy Lesson Plan 1:
  • Middle School Level in-class activity on Animal Posturing to accompany Peace Literacy Chappell's The End of War, prepared by Susan Radford

  • A "StoryBird" about respect to help kids doing group work in class, designed by Kim Cowperthwaite.

Resources to accompany the Navigating Crisis lessons

(find these lessons by following the link to the curricular page for middle school and scroll to the end of the selections):

  • Here's an introductory how-to video to accompany the Navigating Crisis lesson, designed by Kim Cowperthwaite, showing how she taught the material remotely with her middle school students during the pandemic.

  • and here’s her video to accompany the Navigating through the Storm lesson;

  • her video for the Navigating Uncharted Waters lesson;

  • and her video for the Navigating the Fog of the Digital World lesson.

 
Resources to accompany Peace Literacy Lesson Plan 1:
  • ppt slides for addressing the fires beneath aggression and cultivating calm
  • High School Level Writing Assignment for English classes, using Chappell's Soldiers of Peace, prepared by Krista Hensley

  • High School Level Book Report Assignment/Template/Rubric for reading Chappell's Peaceful Revolution, prepared by Chris Mahon

  • High School Level In-class Exercise for practicing the peace literacy skill of empathetic listening and reflecting on non-violence, prepared by Sharyn Clough

  • High School Level Writing Topics based on Chappell's Road to Peace series, prepared by Krista Hensley

  • High School Level Assignment for US History Classes using Chappell's Soldiers of Peace, prepared by Krista Hensley

 
Peace Literacy Resources for College & Adult Education
  • College Level In-class Exercise for practicing the peace literacy skill of empathetic listening and reflecting on non-violence, prepared by Sharyn Clough

  • College Level Writing Topics based on Chappell's Road to Peace series, prepared by Krista Hensley

  • College Level Assignment for US History Classes using Chappell's Soldiers of Peace, prepared by Krista Hensley

  • College Level Assignment for English Comp using Chappell's Soldiers of Peace, prepared by Krista Hensley

  • College Level Writing Assignments for Eng 101 using Chappell's Soldiers of Peace, prepared by Krista Hensley

Classroom materials and books for educators
  • Poster: Aggression and the Fires Burning Beneath, inspired by a design from Krista Hensley.

  • Poster: Our 9 Non-Physical Needs

  • You can find other posters and charts on our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports page.

  • The 4-Way Test for Transforming Conflict, pamphlet designed by Rotarian Action Group for Peace. For more on the 4-way test and other great Rotary Peace Resources, visit here: http://www.worldpeacepartners.org/resources.html

 

Concept Notes
Films featuring themes consistent with Peace Literacy
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Mathaii's non-violent strategies for environmental advocacy are documented in Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Mathaii

  • Animals posturing

  • Humans posturing

    • With their characteristically brutal and incisive humor, comedy duo Key and Peele illustrate the human reluctance to engage in hostile aggression in “Hold Me Back” (Comedy Central)

  • Trauma and other underlying fires that cause human aggression

    • Mike Tyson Interview (HBO Real Sports)

    • With their characteristically brutal and incisive humor, comedy duo Key and Peele illustrate the vulnerable emotional life of a bully in “School Bully” (Comedy Central)

    • Children Full of Life - a documentary from Japan showing how Mr. Kanamori, a teacher of a 4th grade class, teaches his students teamwork, community, the importance of openness, how to cope, and the harm caused by bullying

  • Empathy building

    • Using infants to help elementary school children learn empathy: The Roots of Empathy Project

    • Using shelter dogs to help prisoners learn empathy:
      Dogs on the Inside - Trailer

  • Using respect in policing

  • On dehumanization

    • British comedy duo Mitchell and Webb, portraying two German SS officers, who start out, like all of us, assuming they’re on the side of good. At some point they are no longer sure: “Are We the Baddies?”

    • “Don’t be a Sucker” was made by the US War Department in 1943 and is a short (17 mins) and skillful illustration of how dehumanization works and how to resist it.

    • Four Hours at My Lai A devastating look at the massacre committed by American soldiers during the Vietnam war, the men who participated, the dehumanization of the Vietnamese women and children, and the one man who intervened.

    • The Power of Music An American World War II Veteran talks about rehumanizing German soldiers

    • A Class Divided - Jane Elliot’s 1970 social experiment on dehumanization with her third grade class divided by eye-color.

  • Changing minds by appealing to worldviews

  • Strategy and discipline in the Civil Rights era protests as documented in the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins.

 

Online resources

 

Scholarly articles by faculty who teach Peace Literacy
  • Baesler, E. J., & Lauricella, S. (2013). “Reaching peace by teaching peace: Assessing instruction of the nonviolent communication and peace course.” Journal of Peace Education 10, 1-18.
     

  • Baesler, E. J. (2017). “I’d rather teach peace: An autoethnographic account of the nonviolent communication and peace course.” Peace Studies Journal, 10(2), 71-75. http://peacestudiesjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/PSJ-Vol-10-Issue-2-July-20171.pdf
     

  • Clough, Sharyn. (2020). “Charity, Peace, and the Social Epistemology of Science Controversies.” In Social Epistemology and Relativism, co-edited by Natalie Ashton, Martin Kusch, Robin McKenna, and Katharina Sodoma. New York: Routledge.
     

  • Clough, Sharyn. (2021). “Peace Literacy, Cognitive Bias, and Structural Injustice.” In Transformative Approaches to Social Justice Education: Equity and Access in the College Classroom. Co-edited by Nana Osei-Kofi, Bradley Boovy, and Kali Furman. New York: Routledge.  
    (email sharyn.clough@oregonstate.edu for a copy of either essay).

 

Articles by and/or interviews with Paul K. Chappell
(there are lots of pieces to link here - more soon!):
Feature in Thrive Global
https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/14890-how-i-went-from-potential-mass-shooter-to-peace-educator
 

Interview in Guernica  Magazine

Chappell, June 2013

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Interview in The Sun Magazine

Chappell, April 2011

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stories from the popular press

 

April 2019, article in Wired magazine on the personal connections provided by virtual reality - VR responds to our need for Belonging.

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Below, we have gathered  Peace Literacy resources organized by grade level, that will help students develop, master, and maintain their peace-making skills.