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TPI 7th-9th grade curriculum

TPI 7th-9th grade curriculum

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TPI curriculum (with simulation) for 7th-9th grade students
TPI curriculum (with simulation) for 7th-9th grade students

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THE TEACHING PEACE INITIATIVE
APPROACHINGLIFEFROMANON-VIOLENTANDOPEN-MINDEDPERSPECTIVE
Curriculumforthe8
th
GradersattheSchooloftheIncarnation
PartI:TheIceBreaker(5minutes)
Theicebreakerisjustachancefortheambassadorstogettoknowthestudentsandmakethestudentscomfortable.
 
IntroducetheambassadorsandbrieflydescribeTPIandTPI’smission
 
Goaroundtheroomandhaveeachchildsayboththeirnameandafavoriteicecreamflavor(orvacationspot,superhero,etc.–keeptheageofthechildreninmind)
PartII:Discussion
 Achancetodiscussthebasicideaofpeaceanddefineitinthestudents’ownterms.
DefiningPeace
 
Beginbyaskingthegroup,“Whatispeace?”
 
Rememberthattheseare
not
lowerschoolers–theywillhaveamorecomplexunderstandingofwhatpeaceisandwillbeabletopresentmorecomplexdefinitions.
 
Bringinourdefinitionofpeace:"Peaceisastateofmutualrespectandcooperation,basedonrealizingandembracingourdifferences."
DiscussingDifferences
 
Howmightwebedifferent?
 
Howareweessentiallythesame,despitethosedifferences?
Ex.AyounggirlinAfghanistanwhomightwearaveilandwalktoschoolis justlikeusinthatshesharesthesamedesiretoimproveherlifewithaneducation.
 
Howdoesnotembracingourdifferencesleadtoconflict?
 
Encouragestudentstobringinspecificexamplesfromwhattheyhavelearnedinclass–again,theyare
not
lowerschoolersandwillhavegreatinsightstoshare.
 
Exploretheideaofstereotypes.WhilestereotypeswereclearlyamajorissueduringeventsliketheHolocaust,remindstudentsthat
 
thesamekindofgeneralizationanddiscriminationiseverpresenttoday.
 
Watchanddiscusssuper-bowlads:Toyota’sCamryadwithsexiststereotypesandCoca-cola’s“CokeChase”adwithraciststereotypes.Havethestudentsrecognizethatstereotypescansometimesbepresentevenwhentheyarenotovert,andhavethemspeculateastotheeffectofstereotypesonthewaysinwhichpeopleareperceived.
 
Howdowecombatstereotypesandthemisunderstandings/conflictsthatensue?
FightingStereotypeswiththeToolsofPeace
 
Truth:makingsurewearemakingfairjudgmentsandnotignorantassumptions.
 
Compassion:beingkindandfairtowardsothers,recognizingourcommonhumanityandsympathizingwiththepainandstrugglesothersmightface.
 
Observation:observingourownactionstoensurewearebeingrespectfulandobservingtheactionsofotherssothatweareawareofotherpeople’sstateofmind.
ManyLevelsofConflict–ManyLevelsofPeacemaking
 
Howdotheseconflictsreverberateonaworldscale?Howhaveinternationalpeacemakersusedthesetoolstoresolvesuchconflicts?
 
Howdotheseconflictsplayoutinourday-to-daylives?Howcan
we
aspeacemakersusethesetoolstoresolvesuchseeminglyminorissues?
 
Greetings, UN Educational Crisis Consulting Team:You have been summoned to this emergency meeting of theSecurity Council in order to assist with the UnitedNations’ strategic intervention in Bawani, where genocideagainst the Al’ahawy people is still ongoing, with nearly50,000 casualties inflicted upon the Al’ahawy by Bawanigovernment forces.UN Peacekeeping forces have been sent to stabilize thesituation in Bawani and conduct an investigation into thegenocide in accordance with international law. However, wealso recognize the need to implement long-term solutions inBawani in order to stop the rampant violence against the Al’ahawy.We have asked you here to make recommendations to theBawani Minister of Education in the wake of this crisis. If we can convince Bawani to change its school system andcommunicate with its youth in ways that promote peace andtolerance of the Al’ahawy people, we can hopefully preventfuture conflict and tragedies such as this one.Please review the information below for a history of theethnic conflict in Bawani.Sincerely,United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

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