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Nurturing the Peacemakers in Our Students

Nurturing the Peacemakers in Our Students

A Guide to Writing and Speaking Out About Issues of War and of Peace

By Chris Weber
Foreword by Susan Ohanian

    Nurturing the Peacemakers in Our Students by Chris Weber is the only book I have seen that gives classroom teachers the key to teaching peace. Study it. Teach it. And give your students the key to a hopeful future.
    —Barry Lane, Author of After THE END
    This profound book . . . offers teachers a stunning reminder that the most important standard is how we treat each other within our schools, our communities, and this world.
    —Jim Burke, author of The English Teacher’s Companion, Second Edition
    Nurturing the Peacemakers in Our Students will renew your faith in the power of stories, the power of the imagination, the power of teaching.
    —Carol Jago, author of Papers, Papers, Papers
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    Nurturing the Peacemakers in Our Students by Chris Weber is the only book I have seen that gives classroom teachers the key to teaching peace. Study it. Teach it. And give your students the key to a hopeful future.
    —Barry Lane, Author of After THE END
    This profound book . . . offers teachers a stunning reminder that the most important standard is how we treat each other within our schools, our communities, and this world.
    —Jim Burke, author of The English Teacher’s Companion, Second Edition
    Nurturing the Peacemakers in Our Students will renew your faith in the power of stories, the power of the imagination, the power of teaching.
    —Carol Jago, author of Papers, Papers, Papers
    Using both historic and contemporary war images, drawing on the wisdom of both students and experienced teachers, Nurturing the Peacemakers in Our Students offers strategies for helping children speak aloud their connection to the world.
    —Susan Ohanian, author of One Size Fits Few

What kind of world do you wish for your students? For all people? Nurturing the Peacemakers in Our Students offers middle and high school teachers fresh ideas to inspire and nurture the peacemakers among their students by showing them how adolescents have experienced war.

Chris Weber, as well as a wonderful cast of contributors, including Peter Elbow, Bill Bigelow, and Jim Burke, demonstrate that through reading, discussing, and writing about narratives of children who have experienced war, students make connections between what they see, hear, and read through the media about military conflicts and their horrible human consequences. This critical examination of war then inspires subsequent opportunities for students to use their literacy skills to communicate with others dedicated to ending global violence. In fact Nurturing the Peacemakers in Our Students offers lists of online organizations and projects where kids can become part of a national, international, even global community of peacemakers.

Nurturing the Peacemakers in Our Students is an extraordinarily timely book whose call for empathy, consciousness, and critical thought gives teachers the chance to make a difference in the literacy lives of their students, in the quality of their students’ lives, and in the quality of the lives we all live as citizens of the world.

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Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Part I: Talking and Writing About Issues of War and of Peace
1. The Art of Discussing Issues of War and of Peace with Students with a contribution from the Constitutional Rights Foundation
2. The Believing Game with a contribution by Peter Elbow
3. Reflective Writing with a contribution by Jim Burke
4. Living, Teaching, and Learning Empathy with a contribution by Nancy Gorrell
5. Helping Our Students Cope with a contribution by Leonore Gordon
Part II: Children in War: How They Suffer
6. Nurturing Compassion and Global Citizenship with a contribution by Mark Hyman
7. Child Soldiers: Living in a World of War with a contribution by Doug DuBrin
8. Understanding Young Refugees
9. Nuclear Weapons: The Greatest Level of Savagery with a contribution by Alan Shapiro
Part III: Empowering Our Students to Make a Difference
10. Developing Media–Literate Students with a contribution by Polly Kellogg
11. Speaking Out with contributions by Jim Vacca and Ian McFeat
12. Who Are the Terrorists? with a contribution by Bill Bigelow
13. Teaching Peace: One Student at a Time with a contribution by Katherine R. Morgan
14. Where Peace Lives–in Our Hearts with a contribution by Leah C. Wells
15. Students’ Perspectives on Teaching Peace with contributions by the Peace Studies teacher and students at the Woolman Semester Program
16. Speaking Out Through Protest Music with a contribution by Bob Peterson
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Works Cited