Books with a peace theme motivate children to talk about how each
author uses writing to demonstrate peaceful strategies. Students brainstorm
occasions when they are peacemakers. After writing about these times,
they make a We Are Peacemakers anthology and share their book with
school and community.
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Make connections between what is read, personal experiences and
Engage in effective discussions.
Use focused, coherent and well organized writing.
Make effective presentations.
Students continue to contribute to the peace dialogue as they:
Read and verbally respond to books with peacemaking themes.
Brainstorm instances when they are peacemakers.
Arrange ideas into a Graphic Organizer (sun burst, web, etc.).
Use Graphic Organizer to write about and illustrate their own
Read How A Book Is Made by Aliki.
Follow bookmaking directions and include peacemaker stories in
a class anthology.
Share collaborative We Are Peacemakers anthology with other
classrooms. Display it in the school library and the local library.
Students talk about careers as authors and illustrators of children's
Sadako by Eleanor Coerr; For Every Child A Better World
by Louise Gikow and Ellen Weiss; The Big Book of Peace by Ann
Durrell and Marilyn Sachs; Swimmy by Leo Lionni; Angel Child,
Dragon Child by Michele Surat; The Meanest Thing to Say
by Bill Cosby; How A Book Is Made by Aliki; Graphic Organizer,
bookmaking and illustration materials
Children word process stories with Clarisworks and research the Internet
for more peacemaking ideas.
Teacher checks students as they: use a Graphic Organizer; write about
their peacemaking experience; follow bookmaking directions.
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