Peace literacy lesson plans for public schools in the USA
Chappell and Clough have prepared the first in what will be a series of lesson plans. Lesson Plan 1 focuses on three main areas of peace literacy:
- Understanding and Healing Aggression
- Resolving Conflict
- Recognizing and Applying the Power of Respect
This first lesson plan contains goals, resources, and notes on each of the three areas, organized in the form of Socratic-style dialogues. These dialogues have already been used successfully in grades 4-12 in a variety of classes such as language arts, history, and social science.
Tailoring the lesson plan for your class
A team of educators at Oregon State University is working with faculty across the US to tailor these dialogues further to meet the needs of younger students and/or to other subject areas/standards across the k-12 curriculum including AVID and CASEL programs. Contact Sharyn.Clough@oregonstate.edu for more details.
Using the lesson plan to meet Common Core and State Standards
Incorporating Peace Literacy themes does not have to be a task additional to the work you already do to meet Common Core, state, and local standards, rather Peace Literacy skills can be embedded in the requirements of the standards that you are already teaching. We can help you make your teaching of these skills more explicit. Visit here to see examples of how peace literacy skills can be used to meet state standards.
learning from your peers
A number of public school teachers in the USA have already made successful use of Peace Literacy in their own lesson plans. They have shared their materials with us and we will have more of them available here, soon!
- High School Lesson Plan (English, Social Studies, Leadership) prepared by Trish Beckett, Wisconsin
- High School Lesson Plan (English) prepared by Christopher Mahon, California TBA
- High School Lesson Plan (Chemistry), prepared by Tom Martin, Oregon TBA
- Middle School Lesson Plan (AVID Elective) prepared by Susan Radford, Washington
- You? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are building a compendium of ideas for group projects, assignments, in-class exercises, and community activities built around peace literacy themes. We also have a variety of teacher resources. You can download ideas or contribute your own.
We have a number of workshops coming up this year that are open to the public - check them out!
Sharyn Clough, Ph.D. Peace Literacy
Trish Beckett, B.Ed.
Scott Griswold, M.Div.
Krista Hensley, M.A.
Abbie Jenks, M.SW., M.Ed.
Christopher Mahon, B.Ed., M.A.
Ann Mbacke, B.A.
Derek Petrey, Ph.D.
Susan Radford, B.A.
Linda Richards, Ph.D.
Katherine Rowell, Ph.D.
Teachers who’ve used our materials share their stories.
A short essay for download.
A short essay for download.