Peace Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students aspects of peace and pacifism with this video-based lesson plan. Students will discuss inner peace and nonviolent activism, taking a look at pacifists through history.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define and explain 'peace' and 'pacifism'
  • discuss peaceful leaders in history
  • explain different types of pacifism


50 minutes


  • Access to technology for research

Key Vocabulary

  • Peace
  • Inner peace
  • Pacifism
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Absolute pacifism

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


  • Begin by having students respond in writing to the question 'What does it mean to be peaceful?' Allow students to briefly share answers with their seatmates, then preview vocabulary for this lesson.
  • Start the video lesson Peace & Pacifist Views.
  • Pause at 00:45 and ask:
    • Why is violence bad? What are some examples?
    • Why is peace 'one of the most sought-after and yet elusive ideals in human history?'
  • Have students discuss and debate the question 'Is peace practical or is it just a word used by hippies?'
  • Resume the lesson and pause at 1:50. Discuss:
    • What is the most basic aspect of peace?
    • Why is this the 'most basic?'
    • What else can peace be?
  • Have students give examples of how peace can be a goal and share methods of finding inner peace.
  • Restart the lesson and pause at 5:01. Ask:
    • Why is peace just a state of being or ideal?
    • What is pacifism's relationship to peace?
    • Why is pacifism NOT turning a blind eye?
    • How do pacifists deal with violence?
  • Have students compare and contrast absolute and conditional pacifism in their groups, then share and compare as a class.
  • Play the Lesson Summary and conclude discussions.

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