Real-World Conflict Resolution
By Jennifer Chandler
- Grades: 6–8
Students will read a story about Abd al-Rahmen Ibrahima, complete graphic organizers, and discuss conflict resolution with their peers.
The students will:
- Read and analyze characters from a short story
- Compare characters using a graphic organizer
- Write journal responses about conflict found in the short story and within the world
- Express opinions through writing and speaking
Lesson Plans for this Unit
Lesson 1: Prince Ibrahima
Culminating ActivityStudents are invited to voice their individual opinion either through writing or speaking. Given the conflict of our African prince, the students could choose to write from a point of view from the story, like Henry Clay or Prince Ibrahima or Dr. Cox. Offer a more general theme like "Might makes right," and have the students relate personally to it. This would allow for more flexibility and encourages participation. The student may choose to write a paper, letter to the editor, or other written commentary for a public audience to voice opinions about Ibrahima's situation. The other option would be for a student to write a speech to be made to the rest of the class or other group of students on the same topic as a character of the story. Students may need to complete more research on the real Prince Ibrahima, but most arguments may come from the story and personal opinion. Be sure to make the point that effective communication is key to being able to smooth over a tough situation. Whether the student writes or speaks to an audience, he must learn this peaceful method of solving problems.
Supporting BooksBooks and Resources for Setting Up the Problem and Leading Its Resolution
Dec 31, 1969