Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.
In 2021, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.
Who will you make peace with on September 21st?
Let's Take A Writing Journey Together
Plant Your Seed
Reading Like A Writer
This week we are trying something new – TALK TO THE AUTHOR. This strategy can be used to unpack thinking pre-writing or to assist with comprehension of texts.
- Read, listen and watch the lyrics below to the song ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon.
- Reflecting on the lyric sentences or phrases, comment, ask questions or sketch your thinking as if you are talking to the author. Now because the author isn’t available, these comments, questions and drawings need to be written alongside the text.
- When commenting the responses can be written or drawn in visual pictures to represent thinking. Students are to respond in a way that demonstrates their deep thinking about the text.
Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce ‘The Global Write’ Creator
Let's Write Together
Who will you make peace with? Tell us about how you can make someone’s life better by making peace with them. What will you do, what will you say? Make a poster, create a buncee and share on the Buncee board who you will make peace with this PEACE DAY.
These sentence starters might help you get going.
World Peace is important to me because ……
Thus Peace Day I will make peace with somebody by ……
Making peace with …….. Is important because …….
Here is an example of a PEACE Pledge
I pledge to do my part to create PEACE for one and all.
I pledge to use my words in a kind way and respect others.
I pledge to help others throughout the day with my actions.
I pledge to support the right to peace for anyone being bullied.
I pledge to stand up against Crime and Bribery, Inequality, and Discrimination.
I pledge to take care of our earth and the environment when I make daily choices.
Write your own Peace Ambassador Pledge video and share it in a Flipgrid or create a Buncee and post to our Buncee Board. Start your pledge video with the following introduction:
I ___________of Grade___________ of __________School from _________ (country), hereby Pledge to be a Peace Ambassador
I pledge to ……….
I pledge to ………..
I pledge to ……….
I pledge to ………..
I pledge to …………
I pledge to …………..
This week’s final prompt comes from Susan Verde’s teaching guide with activities that can be used in connection with the stories.
As we are learning about International Peace day listen to Susan read her story ‘I am Peace’
Now look at the questions that Susan has suggested:
QUESTIONS (GRADES K-2)
After reading this book, name one thing you could do every day to be mindful? Draw a picture of yourself doing this mindful practice.
QUESTIONS (GRADES 3-5)
When you feel yourself getting carried away like the boy in the story, or like your emotions are escalating, how can you find your anchor? Write or draw a picture showing how you find your anchor or doing what calms you down.
Post your pictures and writing to The Global Write Wakelet
Let's Create with AMAZELAB
Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.
This week’s challenge is to design a peace symbol.
What does peace mean to you?
What message would you like to get across?
How will you make sure it’s accessible and understood by all?
You are able to draw or model your new peace symbol.
Really looking forward to seeing your designs 🙂
Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World
Place your AMAZELAB creation on a Buncee and post to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about it in a short video on our Flipgrid.
All you need to do is click on your button of your choice and share your great work with the AMAZELAB Team.