Avoiding Armageddon
Educational Activities

For Teachers
Lesson Plans

For Parents

For Discussion Leaders

Controversial Issues

Discussion Guide

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Teachers' Introduction to the Lesson Plans

The documentary "Avoiding Armageddon" and this companion Web site, invite students to think hard about weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. These are timely and critical issues that are very much in the news and these teaching activities were designed to help teachers lead thoughtful discussions.

Terrorism and weapons of mass destruction are topics that can evoke a range of emotions. It is therefore recommended that teachers encourage students to:

  Express their feelings and opinions
Remain open to diverse ideas
Be active and responsive listeners

Teachers should use a set of discussion guidelines that allows for non-confrontational conversation and promotes a safe space for sharing concerns, fears, anger, and ideas. Street Law's Tips for Teaching Controversial Issues can help guide discussion of difficult topics.

These activities were written for students in grades 9-12, but can be adapted for other grades. The lessons work best in conjunction with viewing the film, but can also stand alone, as long as students have sufficient background information on the topics presented.

All teaching activities were designed to meet curriculum standards for social studies as outlined by the NCSS. However, many activities were developed to satisfy general instructional objectives rather than strict standards matches. We recommend that you closely examine the resource content for your individual needs. To match standards for curriculum planning in your classroom, please visit www.ncss.org.

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