We Can Work It Out

Social Studies/Language Arts

Students will learn how to consider alternatives before reacting to a conflict.

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Set up a student discussion group about conflict. Talk about how the stress and tension people feel in conflict situations often results in impulsive, hurtful words or actions that are regretted later. A valuable conflict resolution skill, therefore, is the ability to step back from a tense situation, brainstorm a wide variety of possible alternatives, and thoughtfully select the most appropriate response.
  2. Distribute Middle School Conflicts for each group to read and discuss. Have each group choose one conflict they would like to solve, and then brainstorm at least 10 possible approaches to resolving that conflict. Use the large sheets of newsprint posted on the classroom wall to record the suggestions.
  3. When the brainstorming is completed, have students select or combine the approaches that they feel will be most useful in resolving the conflict.
  4. Have students read their situations and share their proposed solutions to the class, or have students role-play the conflict and their solution.

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