Inspired by the life of Louis D. Brown, a young, vibrant high school
student who was killed in the crossfire of rival gangs, youngsters
read about his life and research it on the Internet. They become pro-active
peacemakers who discover the power of words and explore their own
peace concepts in daily journals. Class generated Words For Peace
are incorporated in banners that students share with the whole community.
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Vera Johnson, author and AT&T
Become familiar with and compose a variety of texts.
Learn new words and use them expressively.
Build vocabulary and usage in oral and written exercises.
Use standard conventions of writing.
As students read about and respond to Louis D. Brown’s life, they:
- Share their own experiences with conflict.
- Discuss specific ways to solve problems.
- Record their dreams and hopes for peace
in daily journals.
Brainstorming words that convey the concept of peace,
they create a two column Words for Peace
Chart . As students agree on selected words for the Peacemakers
ABC Banners, they word process, print, illustrate, and share the results.
Students display their Peacemakers ABC Banners in conspicuous school
areas: cafeteria, stairwell near schoolyard entrance, hallway leading
to school buses, etc. They also carry them in a community parade to
demonstrate peace strategies.
Students identify and discuss law enforcement, education, and other
careers that contribute to a peaceful community.
Louis D. Brown Peacemakers ABC Kit, The
Louis D. Brown Peace Curriculum, notebooks for journals, banner
Students research Louis D. Brown on the Internet. For banners they
use Printshop Deluxe and a printer.
Teacher observes, recognizes, and rewards students effectively using
peace words in class, schoolyard, and daily journal writing.
Students research Louis D. Brown at
Institute web site.