Lesson Plan : What is Peace?

Teacher Name:
 Mr. Acklin
Grade:
 Grade 7-8
Subject:
 Interdisciplinary

Topic:
 Four Themes of Peace
Content:
 Personal Peace, Domestic Peace, Global Peace, Environmental peace
Goals:
 To help children gain an understanding that peace is more than the negation of violence. To show the children the difference between positive peace and negative peace.
Objectives:
 Through discussion, have the children become aware that peace is more than the absence of violence and that peace is a very broad and diverse concept.
Materials:
 Wireless Microphone, speaker sound system, Laptop, projector and screen
Introduction:
 Re-arrange the class, so that students are all in a circle. In order to get the students use to the sound of their voices and realize the power of it, I incorporate a microphone in all of my lessons. Each one of my classes begins the same way; each student must say at least one good thing that has happened to them at any point in their lives. I then have a focus question that gets them in the mind frame for that days discussion. The focus question for the day is: ask the students when they hear the word peace, what comes to mind for them, and then what do they think peace looks like?
Development:
 After giving them time to jot their ideas down, the microphone then goes around and the students then get to tell their answers. I will be recording their answers on the white board or chalk board provided. As the answers come out, I will be arranging them into the 4 distinct categories of peace I outlined previously. I will then explain in detail how the 4 themes of peace can be defined. 1. Personal: has to do with feelings and emotions i.e. happy,smiling, playful... 2. Domestic: focus is on daily interpersonal relationships, emphasis on cooperation, conflict resolution and communication. 3. Global: focus is on fairness and equality for all people of the world. 4. Environmental: address how we need to take better care of our planet. Through my explanation they will see that there is no mention of violence and I want them to know that equating peace and no acts of violence is a negative peace and that addressing peace as defined in our categories is aspects of positive peace.
Practice:
 The students need to choose one or more of the four themes of peace. To draw and color a picture of what they think peace is like.
Closure:
 We come back together and allow the children to show their drawings and explain their concept of peace.

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