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- Manteno, IL
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Explore non-violent protest in this social values and world history lesson. After viewing the movie Gandhi, and discussing important events in Gandhi's life, young orators write a speech defending Gandhi's position on the value of passive resistance. Groups videotape their speeches and share the videos with the class.
Students describe key events in the life of Gandhi. They determine why knowledge of geography is necessary to understand the history of the people in a place or region. They write a summary of how the events in Gandhi's life, influenced by the physical and cultural geography of India/Pakistan, helped India become independent.
Students explore the concept of non-violent resistance. For this political philosophies lesson, students study the political tactics of Mohandas Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, and Martin Luther King, Jr. in order to discover how each of them worked for Civil Rights and environmental movements.
Students investigate the childhood of one of the greatest philosophers of our time, Gandhi. In this biography lesson, students analyze the upbringing and events that finally shaped Mahatma Gandhi's life. Students locate famous quotes from Gandhi and practice using vocabulary terms from his life.
Explore philosophy and religion by researching Gandhi. Lead your young students to investigate the life and accomplishments of Mahatma Gandhi by reading the assigned text. Your class will define sustainability and create a sustainable vegetarian meal which they enjoy with their class.
Students investigate the lifestyle of Gandhi by creating a Venn Diagram. For this biographical lesson, students compare the philosophies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi while discussing their teaching methods. Students utilize the web to research Pakistan and Afghanistan before creating a Venn Diagram based on Gandhi and MLK.
Young scholars investigate awareness and spiritual transformation by researching the life of Gandhi. In this philosophy lesson, students discuss living in an aware state by practicing yoga, eating vegetarian, and becoming immersed in poetry. Young scholars practice some of these methods in order to become more spiritually aware.
Second graders investigate philosophy by researching the life of Mahatma Gandhi. In this biographical lesson, 2nd graders listen to a reading of the book "Gandhi" and make a character map of his actions, feelings and thoughts. Students make comparisons between Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and other civil rights figures.
Fourth graders create graphs to illustrate consumer consumption throughout the world. In this consumer lesson plan, 4th graders also discuss wants and needs around the world, and consider Gandhi's opinion on material possessions as they write journal entries about their own wants and needs.
Learners illustrate pages of a book. In this famous historical icon lesson, students are read a story about Mohandas Gandhi, illustrate the pages in small groups, assemble a class book to read to younger learners, and act out a scene from the book. The story is included in this lesson.
Upper elementary schoolers investigate philanthropy and selflessness by reading a children's book. In this ethics lesson, they read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, and research Mahatma Gandhi's troublesome, yet inspiring, life. Using a fake tree in class, they hang a leaf when they accomplish one of their goal throughout the year.
Students analyze civil disobedience through history studying Thoreau, Gandhi, and Dr. King. For this civil disobedience lesson, students read and analyze excerpts from Thoreau, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King. Students demonstrate their reading comprehension of the lesson by creating a skit, digital story, or analysis paper.
Ninth graders identify how Mahatma Gandhi used writing as a means of nonviolent communication. In this nonviolent resistance lesson, 9th graders watch a film about Gandhi as a writer and identify characteristics of nonviolent activism. Students complete a graphic organizer to dissect his writing.
Learners make connections between nonviolent ideals and art. In this visual arts lesson, students discuss the successes of the American Civil Rights Movement and discuss Gandhi's influence on the movement. Learners then examine images of the Buddha and Jina and discuss how they convey the message of nonviolence. As a culminating activity, students create their own art that exemplifies nonviolence.
Eleventh graders analyze the violence of media and advertising on women, as well as Gandhi's views of women. In this women and media instructional activity, 11th graders Killing Us Softly and Tough Guise as an analysis of media and advertising and their messages about women. Students explore Gandhi's view of women and write a letter to a media or advertising agency outlining the harmful effects of their use of objectification and stereotypes on society.
Students investigate nonviolent lifestyles by researching the biographies of Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi. In this peace instructional activity, students define the term Ahimsa and describe Gandhi's lifestyle. Students identify the six principles MLK lives his non-violent life by and complete a puzzle activity.
Students discover the philosophies of Karl Marx and Mahatma Gandhi and investigate their theories on communities. In this philosophy lesson, students research Karl Marx's ideas about returning power of a civilization to the laborers. Students define the industrial revolution, enlightenment, and colonialism.