Conflict Resolution

Educational Objective: The student will use a defined method to resolve conflicts with peers.
Standards: Listening and Speaking

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box
Brainstorm Form
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during each role play

The Lesson:

Introduce Skill
Brainstorm Activity: When have you needed to resolve a conflict with someone?
Identify Steps:
1. Look at the person using a pleasant expression.
2. Listen actively to what he has to say.
3. Express your point of view factually.

4. Brainstorm some solutions together. Look at the consequences of each choice.
Is it probable that the problem would be better or worse with that solution?
Work together to find a solution acceptable to both parties. Find a way both
parties can "win" some of what they want.

Choose a solution
6. Make an agreement and keep your word.Who will do what? When will
they do it and for how long? You can also build in agreed upon consequences,
if either party breaks the agreement.

Model the Skill
Role Plays/Classroom Discussion - Complete Rubric on Role Play
Independent Uses

Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Observations: No Yes
Did the speaker look at the person using a pleasant expression?    
Did the speaker listen activity to what he has to say?    
Did the speaker express your point of view factually?    
Did the speaker brainstorm some solutions with the person?    
Did they choose solution?    
Did they make an agreement?    

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________


"Peace Talks: Resolving Conflicts" 1997 30 minutes
VHS 4464 Grades 6 - 12, Producer HRT

Other Standards Address in Lesson:

6th Grade
Reading Standards:
1.2 Identify and interpret figurative language and words with multiple meanings.
1.5 Understand shades of meanings in related words.
2.7 Make reasonable assertions about a text through accurate, supporting citations
Writing Strategies
1.1 Choose the form of writing (e.g. personal letter, poem or narrative) that best suits the intended purpose.
1.6 Revise writing to improve the organization and consistency of ideas.
Speaking Applications:
2.4 Offer a logical sequence of information and engage the listener, foster an acceptance of an idea.

7th Grade
Reading Standards
2.1 Understand and analyze the differences in structure and purpose between various categories of informational materials.
3.3 Analyze characterization as delineated through thoughts, words and speech patterns.
Writing Strategies
1.4 Demonstrate the mechanics of writing (e.g., quotation marks, commas at the end of dependent clauses) and appropriate English usage.
Speaking Applications:
1.2 Determine a speakerís attitude toward a subject.
1.6 Use speaking techniques, including voice modulation , inflection, tempo, enunciation and eye contact for effective communication.

8th Grade
Reading Standards
1.1 Analyze idioms, analogies, metaphors and similes to infer the literal and figurative meanings of phrases.
3.4 Analyze the relevance of the setting (e.g. place, time, customs) to the mood, tone and meaning of text.
Writing Strategies
2.1 Write a clear, coherent incident, event or situation by using well chosen details.
2.5 Present information purposely and succinctly and meet the needs of the intended audience.
Speaking Applications:
1.2 Paraphrase a speakerís purpose and point of view and ask relevant questions concerning the speakerís content, delivery and purpose.
1.3 Organize information to achieve particular purposes by matching the message, vocabulary, voice modulation, expression and tone to the audience and purpose.

See Poster

Recommended Work Book

Level: Challenging Grades: 5 - 8, Middle School

TCM2104 Conflict Resolution, Grades 5-8
This book explains how teachers can follow a systematic
program to help students prevent or bypass many conflicts.
It also presents non-violent ways (assertiveness, negotiation,
compromise, and mediation) to resolve those conflicts that do
Pages: 208 Price: $14.99

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