Statement: What is war, what does it involve, and how
does it happen?
- Questionnaire assignment
Students must copy the following
questions. Space must be left for two answers: one will
be the student’s
answer, the other will be from an interview of a family
member at home.
1. What is war? (Define)
2. What does war involve? What happens? What is used?
3. Do you think we could have a World War III?
4. What might cause another world war?
b - Vote with your feet activity
Put a + sign on one side of room and a – sign on
the other side. Students arrange themselves as to how they
feel about statements or issues presented by the teacher.
Ground rules: raise hands to share comments, answers, responses…
Once students are arranged ask ‘WHY’ they chose
the side they did. Probe their decision.
Ask for a volunteer to serve as recorder of responses with
the following ponder questions one at a time and generate
discussions. When done put the list up
on the class wall to remind students of differing views
as they explore the subject of war.
2 - Ponder Questions teacher can use:
- War is necessary.
- Men and women should have equal rights.
- Women should be in combat just like men.
- World peace is achievable.
- It is okay to use chemical or biological weapons during
- Having nuclear weapons helps to maintain the peace
- War is so destructive we should avoid it at all costs.