about our curriculum:
The following units work as templates that can be modified for any number of contexts, from K-12 classes through to higher education and adult education. Our team at Oregon State University can help you modify the lessons to suit specific grade-levels. We can also show you how to use the material to meet Common Core and other regional standards. Contact Sharyn.Clough@oregonstate.edu for more details.
These materials have been created by a variety of educators as a public service, and they can be downloaded for free.
Peace Literacy Curriculum: An Introduction
This four-part unit teaches how to make good decisions, take effective actions, and unlock the power of waging peace, through a compelling allegory drawn from Greek mythology.
coming soon: images | text boxes | supplemental reading
The Anatomy of Metis - coming soon
The Descendants of Metis - coming soon
Peace Literacy: Laying the Foundations
Our understanding of peace is only as good as our understanding of the human condition and trauma. This is a multi-part unit:
The Landscape of Our Human Needs: An Allegory and Pictorial (Designed for students in grades 4/5 and up; accompanies A New Peace Paradigm: Our Human Needs and the Tangles of Trauma)
The Garden of Strong Community: An Allegory and Pictorial (Designed for students in K-4)
Navigating the World of Electric Light: An Allegory and Pictorial - coming soon - accompanies The World of Electric Light: Understanding the Seductive Glow of Screens
Protecting Ourselves and the World from Our Five God-like Technological Powers - coming soon
Peace Literacy Lesson Plan 1
This three-part unit includes sections on:
Understanding and Healing Aggression
Recognizing and Applying the Power of Respect
Resolving Conflict/The Power of Calm
We also have teacher’s scripts for 2 x 1.5 hr lessons (here and here) abridged from the larger Lesson Plan 1, with accompanying student worksheets (here and here) for use with high school and college classes.
Educators and community leaders have also been developing study guides for the books in Paul K. Chappell’s The Road to Peace series for their classes, reading groups, and workshops.
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visit our peace literacy compendium
The Peace Literacy compendium page has ideas for group projects, assignments, in-class exercises, and community activities built around Peace Literacy themes. We also have a variety of teacher resources. You can download ideas or contribute your own.
learn from your peers
Some of our curriculum developers have made successful use of Peace Literacy in their own classrooms and have shared their lesson plans with us:
College Level Lesson Plan focused on understanding aggression (it has also been used successfully in High Schools), prepared by Sharyn Clough, Oregon.
High School Lesson Plan (for use in English, Social Studies, and Leadership classes) prepared by Trish Beckett, Wisconsin
Middle School Lesson Plan (“Plato’s Allegory of the Cave”) prepared by Susan Radford, Washington (the plan is accompanied by a pictorial presentation).