5 Writing Prompts for Discussing Peace

doveEach day, we wake up to news that is difficult to explain to our children, grandchildren, and our students. While it is certain that time is taken at home, in the classroom, and at school to foster good citizenship, as well as respect and caring for others, educators can use these local lessons to create an international conversation with students. Giving students of all ages a chance to suggest solutions to difficult questions can be a stimulating experience. It is so important for educators to look beyond the classroom walls themselves, and bring the world to their students. How can you begin?

September 21 is International World Peace Day.  Beginning the conversation may be the first step. Try some discussion starters for personalized and collaborative brainstorming. Use the discussion starters as writing prompts for more elaborate student compositions, presentations, and debates. You’ll find plenty of additional resources and lessons at Peace One Day and at Planet, too. Can you, your children, and your students make a difference? We think so.

Ask students:

Prompt 1:
What do you think is the best way for students to get involved to make a positive difference… locally… globally?

Prompt 2:
If you were given the opportunity and the power needed to save the world, what would you do?  Explain.

Prompt 3:
Share ways conflicts can be resolved without resorting to violence. How many ways can you think of to resolve conflicts?

Prompt 4:
What are ways you can work toward local… and global… peace throughout the year and not for just one day?

Prompt 5:
What do you think needs to happen in order to have that one day of peace… between individuals… between governments?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this generation—our children, grandchildren, students—were the first to actually learn from history and make peace a reality?

Ken Royal

Ken Royal is an educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology teaching experience, as well as a blogger on all things education and education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is an Education storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.
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