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1 Using Children’s Literature to Teach Peace
Dr. Charlotte Frambaugh-Kritzer Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng University of Hawaii at Manoa

2 Who Are You? On Name Plate Write: Name Profession
On back of your Name Plate write your: Definition of PEACE Share

3 peace in the world and if we are to carry on a real
"If we are to reach real peace in the world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children." Mahatma Gandhi

4 Let’s try the Literacy Strategy BOOK PASS
OBJECTIVE: Browse through as many books as you can in 20 mins. Write down the books you selected in the Book Pass Organizer. What types of peace messages are being conveyed in these books? 4

5 “Imagine” by John Lennon Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today... Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace... You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one 5

6 “Imagine” A poem about a song by Gina
“Imagine there’s no countries” Without countries war would be harder, The world would be one, Not many. There’d be “nothing to kill or die for” You couldn’t die for your country, Or kill for your country You could only build things Illuminate things “No religion too” There would be no anti Semitic acts, no Sunni-Shiite conflict, No Tamil problem or nuclear bombs over Kashmir No Protestant-Catholic pub brawls in Northern Ireland. The crusaders would crusade no more, Reclaim nothing “I don’t need anything” “No possessions” No greed or jealousy… No give me Or I want… Or why does she have more… Or look at her, she ain’t got this…or that. “The world will live as one” I’m just disappointed That right now it is only an imagined truth… A whisper in a storm

7 Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng Reflect:
What types of peace messages are being conveyed in John Lennon’s and Dr. Soetoro-Ng’s texts? 2. How do these messages connect with your working definition of peace? 7

8 How the concept of peace shows up in children books
In addition to the ideas you came up with, please consider: Knowledge of Self & Connection to Others (build empathy, interpersonal harmony, personal well-being) Inner peace  (interpersonal harmony, personal well-being, resilience) Joy in Diversity (build empathy, social justice) Creative Conflict Resolution & Sense of Justice (problem solving, social justice) Care and love of nature (environmental stewardship, personal well-being) Global Awareness (social justice, interpersonal harmony)  Peace Leaders/Makers (social justice, interpersonal harmony, community leadership) Imagination & Dreamers (problem solving, personal well-being, resilience)  8

9 Stop & Reflect How has your definition of peace expanded during our brief time? 9

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