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 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!





peace literacy compendium

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.

new! workshops

We have a number of workshops coming up this year that are open to the public - check them out!

peace literacy
curriculum developers

Sharyn Clough, Ph.D. Peace Literacy
Curriculum Coordinator

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.
Katherine Rowell, Ph.D.
Chelsey Williams, M.A.

reports from the field

Teachers who’ve used our materials share their stories.

why our world needs peace literacy

A short essay for download.