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It's My Life
Special articles, polls, and games invite middle schoolers to explore sibling rivaly, fights with friends, and bullying at school.

A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict
Learn more about six of the most famous nonviolent protest movements of the 20th century.

Alcatraz is Not an Island
Explore the Native American civil rights movement of the 1960s and '70s.

Hopes on the Horizon
African nationalist movements of the 1990s are presented on this Web site.

A Journey towards Peace
Historian John Hope Franklin and Archbishop Desmond Tutu talk with a group of teens about race and international conflict.

Journey to Planet Earth
Investigate how the environment and scarcity of natural resources can lead to conflict between nations.

Kofi Annan: Center of the Storm
Meet Kofi Annan and learn about the United Nations' peacekeeping efforts around the globe.

People Like Us: Social Class in America
Explore how social class can lead to conflict and impede collective problem-solving.

People's Century
Investigate the landmark conflicts and personalities of 20th century world history.

Senior Year
Follow teens in one urban high school and the conflicts that arise in and out of school.

Seeking Solutions with Hedrick Smith
Hedrick Smith leads a panel of citizens through a dialogue about community improvement and hate crimes.

Speak Truth to Power
Understand how the performing arts can support human rights campaigns.

recommended web sites

Reporting the Future: A Handbook for Afghan Journalists
http://www.iwpr.net/development/resources/afghanhandbook_english.pdf
High school journalism students will find this handbook from the Institute for War and Peace Reporting for beginning Afghan reporters to be similar to their own journalism textbook. Similar sections are sources, structure, quotations, and style, but the section on journalism safety is unique. Afghan journalists are urged to avoid being a target, to dress differently from soldiers but not in bold colors, try not to be in the first or last vehicle in a convoy, and beware of mines. A strong message in the handbook is that good journalists are accurate, fair, and impartial and that journalism can be a watchdog on power, reporting on leaders in government, informing their own citizens as well as the world. This handbook is available only in pdf format.
Subject: Reading & Language Arts; Social Studies
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War with Iraq: Costs, Consequences, and Alternatives
http://www.amacad.org/publications/monographs/War_with_Iraq.pdf
A report issued by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences calculates that a war with Iraq would cost between $99 billion and $1.9 trillion over the next 10 years, about ten times more costly than estimated by the Bush administration. In addition to the military activity costs, other included in costs are occupation, peacekeeping, reconstruction, humanitarian assistance, and cost of oil market disruptions. Tables and charts throughout the study provide statistical information of past wars and projections for a new war in Iraq. Further resources about the cost of war in Iraq can be found at http://www.amacad.org/publications/occasional.htm The report is only in pdf format online although print copies can be ordered at the site.
Subject: Math; Social Studies
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United States Institute of Peace: Education Program
http://www.usip.org/ed.html
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. Resources for high school students include the National Peace Essay Contest. In previous years, submission deadlines were in January. A Teaching Guide on International Terrorism can be downloaded in pdf format. The Digital Library Project houses peace agreements, truth commission reports, and annotated links to other resources. Highlights are current events related articles, for example, "After Saddam Hussein: Winning a Peace If It Comes to War."
Subject: Social Studies
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Sit-Ins
http://www.sitins.com/
Listen to the stories told by four young men who sat at the Greensboro, North Carolina at Woolworth's on February 1, 1960 and who were refused service at a white lunch counter. In just two months, the sit-in movement spread to 54 cities in 9 states. There is a timeline, historic photos, and information about key people at the time. There are also clips of interviews from the photographer who took the only photo of the first sit in, the reporter who covered the story, Woolworth's employees, and city officials. Interviews require RealAudio.
Subject: Social Studies
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Kids Can Do
http://www.whatkidscando.org/index.asp
This project features secondary students working with adults in their schools and communities on real-world issues such as the events of September 11, conflict resolution, race relations, human rights, and environmental issues. The student work illustrates what students can do in their communities that have real-life applications and learning with a public purpose. An emphasis is placed on youth development related to taking a stand and working toward a goal to benefit the community.
Subject: Health & Fitness; Social Studies
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recommended books

Who the Man
By Chris Lynch
Published December 2002
Grades: 6-8
Subjects: Reading & Language Arts; Health & Fitness; Social Studies
Earl Pryor is thirteen, but he is taller than many adults. He shaves. High school kids ask him to buy beer. Everyone assumes Earl is tough, and some try to prove they are too by fighting him. When Earl is suspended for fighting, he learns that his family is coming apart. He discovers there is more to being tough than having a ready fist.
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Before We Were Free
By Julia Alvarez
Published August 2002
Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Subjects: Reading & Language Arts; Social Studies
It is 1960, and twelve-year-old Anita de la Torre lives in the Dominican Republic where everyone lives in fear of the secret police. Friends and family have left the island. Her uncle disappeared. Anita's father keeps getting mysterious phone calls, and she discovers he is part of a plot to kill the dictator. Like it or not, the day arrives when Anita realizes she must escape.
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Fields of Fury: The American Civil War
By Da Chen
Published October 2002 Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Subjects: Social Studies
This generously illustrated introduction to the greatest conflict fought on U.S. territory is brought to life with many full-page archival photos and contemporary paintings. Inserts feature artifacts and cartoons. The book includes a timeline of major events, maps locating major battles, glossary, and a list of Civil War Websites.
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The Philosophers Club
By Christopher Phillips and Kim Doner
Published September 2001 Grades: PreK-2, 3-5
Subjects: Social Studies
Engaging children in Socratic dialogues is one great way to help them become more tolerant and critical thinkers, so argues the author of this book. This may be especially important in periods of conflict. An introduction describes how to engage in Socratic dialogue. The body of the book models Socratic dialogues centered on ten questions, including: What is violence?, Is it possible to be happy and sad at the same time?, Why do we ask questions?, and Why are we here? Readers should not expect answers. As the author explains, it is the questioning that is important.
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War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars
By Andrew Carroll
Published May 2001
Grades: 9-12
Subjects: Social Studies
Nothing will put the faces on the statistics of war more surely than this collection of letters from Americans from the Civil War to Bosnia. Letters are grouped by conflict, and each letter is accompanied by biographical and historical information. Some are written by well-known figures, like Julia Child and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., but most are not. This volume furnishes a ground level view of history.
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Bad Stuff in the News: A Guide To Handling The Headlines
By Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman
Published February 2002
Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Subjects: Health & Fitness; Social Studies
One unfortunate outcome of mass communication is the overwhelming mass of bad news encountered everyday. The authors examine terrorism, child violence, hunger, accidents, domestic violence, hate crime, pollution, drug abuse, disease, and more. Each chapter gives kids stuff to understand and stuff they can actually fix. Learning how to deal with bad news, argue the authors, is healthier than hiding from it.
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Gandhi
By Demi
Published September 2001
Grades: 3-5, 6-8
Subjects: Social Studies
A shy boy who slept with a light on even after he was married at thirteen, Gandhi grew up to become a fearless champion of the downtrodden. This picture book biography follows Gandhi's career and struggles in England, South Africa, and India. Gandhi's practice of nonviolent resistance to social injustice is as inspiring today as it was fifty years ago.
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The War
By Anais Vaugelade
Published September 2001
Grades: PreK-2, 3-5
Subjects: Reading & Language Arts; Social Studies
The Reds and Blues have been at war so long no one remembers why. Their armies reduced, the sons of the kings meet in single combat. When Prince Fabien's sheep bleats, Prince Julius's horse panics and he is killed. King Armand the Twelfth, King of the Blues, is ashamed of Fabien and banishes him. With an ingenious letter to both Kings, Fabien ends the war and wins a kingdom--from the King of the Yellows.
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I Only Say This Because I Love You: How the Way We Talk Can Make or Break
By Deborah Tannen
Published May 2001
Grades: 9-12
Subjects: Health & Fitness; Social Studies
Deborah Tannen has been analyzing the ways we talk to each other since the 1980s. In this book, she examines the way family members communicate through messages, words, and "metamessage," the unstated but powerful meanings rooted in our relationships as parents, children, and siblings.
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Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence
By Rosalind Wiseman
Published April 2002
Grades: 9-12
Subjects: Health & Fitness; Social Studies
Wiseman, cofounder of the Empower program, which helps girls and boys stop violence, has examined the world of girls' friendships. It's a pretty scary place. Each chapter describes and analyzes an aspect of Girl World. A section called "Checking Your Baggage" lets adults answer questions about their own adolescent experiences. Each chapter concludes with specific strategies to help. Aimed at parents, this book can help teachers better understand what is not part of the official curriculum. Appendices list useful movies, fiction, nonfiction, and organizations and their Websites.
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