Bullying is a widespread problem among our schools and communities that can lead to increased fighting and violent futures for both the victims and bullies themselves. How can youth change these statistics and contribute to a positive school environment?
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Peace Education offers topics and issues that touch the lives of our students every day such as resolving conflicts, clarifying values, and understanding diversity. The language classroom also offers us the opportunity to help students address these issues through activities and tasks that are related to the content and that require the practice of language skills, social interaction skills, and critical thinking skills
- Arts and Humanities
- Language Education (ESL)
- Material Type:
- Lesson Plan
- Teaching/Learning Strategy
- U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
- Provider Set:
- U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
- Carolyn B. Duffy, Ph.D.
- Date Added:
Students think about the impact of group labels and social hierarchies on their
sense of identity, self
esteem, and the way they socialize with others. Thr
ough discussion, poetry
sonal narrative, students explore ways to bridge the social boundarie
s at their school.
They learn about Mix It Up, a project that challenges students to move beyond cliques by
socializing with people from a variety of groups, and plan a Mix It Up event for their school.
Students reflect on the ways in which they have experienced or participated in
calling based on physical appearance, and the ways in which expectations about
appearance in our society affect us. They learn
about media literacy and examine media images
for “attractiveness messages” that consciously and unconsciously impact our attitudes and
behavior toward others. Students learn about
Turn Beauty Inside Out Day
, write essays about
people in their lives who are beautiful “inside and out,” and think about other ways to get beyond
appearance as a dominant force in their social lives.
This lesson is designed for use in the Physical Education class. The objectives of this short lesson are to:raise students' awareness about the effects of name-calling; have students learn the names of classmates; review Safe Sports Space Rules; elicit a commitment from students to stop name-calling in physical education class.
This lesson is designed with four objectives in mind: to heighten awareness of the dangers of making assumptions; to identify assumptions we make in the development of groups; to highlight the simplistic perception that we sometimes use to view others; to allow reflection on times when participants may have felt singled-out.