Family Resources on Peace
Project and Purpose
Students create an artistic interpretation of a place where they find peace on a postcard and share it with a person of their choice
How do we depict the places we find peace? How do we choose people with whom to share our peaceful spaces?
Sharing My Peaceful Place
If this lesson was used in the classroom: Students learned about making peace with very difficult situations or obstacles. In class students discussed how someone makes peace and perseveres after a life-altering experience. Individually or in groups students created an artistic interpretation of a peaceful place or peaceful space.
Getting Ready for the Conversation
The video for this module features a young adult named Jordan who was shot as a teenager and now has limited mobility. Jordan continues to have difficulty discussing his life now, but he shares his thoughts and feelings about how he lives with his life circumstances.
Parents and mentors please be aware that the video includes a frank discussion of the results of gun violence and Jordan was hit by a ricochet bullet. Gun violence continues to be a difficult topic to discuss with teens, but it is necessary to have these conversations because of the prevalence of this problem in the US.
The Everytown Support Fund provides more information about resources for survivors of gun violence at: https://everytownsupportfund.org/everytown-survivor-network/resources-for-victims-and-survivors-of-gun-violence/#emotional-support-for-survivors and stories of survivors at: https://momentsthatsurvive.org/
For help having conversations about violence and racially motivated violence see this blog post from the Child Mind Institute: https://childmind.org/blog/talking-to-kids-about-race-and-violence-in-america/
Constructive Conversation Starters
The first item is for follow-up after viewing the lesson video and participating in class activities.
Share the postcard you (or your group) created? Describe why you chose this as your peaceful place.
Why do you think gun violence has become so prevalent in our society? What are some things that could or should be done to prevent violence?
If a friend was shot and injured for life, what support would be required? How would you be able to support your friend?
Is gun violence a concern in this neighborhood or community? What are some actions we could take as a family? Why should we?
School to Home Resources on Peace
Interactive Reflections and Lesson Plans often cover broader themes than the competency named. All CWK stories are multi-faceted and are meant to prompt deep conversation.