Process

1 - You will be required to create groups of four to fill the following positions.

A - Side A - This team member will be responsible for identifying and recording one side of a conflict in the chosen pieces of literature.  You will need to identify the cause of the conflict and actions your side took in perpetuating the violence or continued conflict.

B - Side B - This team member will be responsible for identifying and recording the opposing side of a conflict between a character or characters in the chosen pieces of literature.  You will need to identify the cause of the conflict and actions your side took in perpetuating the violence or continued conflict.

C - Conflict Outcomes - This team member will be responsible for identifying and recording the outcomes of each conflict identified for each piece of literature.

D - Conflict/Resolution Solutions - This team member will be responsible for identifying and recording conflict/resolution solutions that could have stopped the conflicts in each piece of literature.  Your job is to stop the violence.

2 - Now, you must review websites for the following works:

A - Romeo and Juliet - Read through the following websites and identify at least one conflict.  You may choose an external conflict between the House of the Montegues and the House of the Capulets, individual characters (i.e. Paris, Romeo, Tybalt, Mercutio, etc...), or internal conflicts (Romeo, Juliet, Capulet, Lady Capulet, the Nurse, etc.). Be as creative as you like here.  There are many conflicts within this story, so you will have a variety from which to choose.

http://library.thinkquest.org/19539/randj.htm

 

http://www.bardweb.net/plays/romeo.html

 

http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/romeojuliet/themes.html

 

B - The Hatfields and the McCoys - These two families lived on opposite sides of the Tug river.  The Hatfields lived on the West Virginia side, while the McCoys lived on the Kentucky side.  Both families owned lots of land and participated, somewhat in the American civil war.  From the fight over a pig to the fight over a daughter's love, you will surely find many conflicts within this storyline. Check out the links below to discover what a little misunderstanding can turn into. 

The above picture is a reunion of sorts of the children of the Hatfields and McCoys

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatfield-McCoy_feud

 

http://www.blueridgecountry.com/hatmac/hatmac.html

 

http://www.wvculture.org/history/crime/hatfieldmccoy01.html

 

 

C - Conflcit/Resolution strategies - In order to implement and learn about conflict resolution the Conflict Resolver must have an understanding of what Conflict Resolution is. Below is a defintion/description and following that is several links to sites that provide numerous strategies for conflict resolution.

 

What is conflict resolution?

Conflict resolution is about teaching people new ways to work through and resolve disputes that donít involve violence. Many schools and community groups offer conflict resolution programs for teens.
 

How does conflict resolution work?

Most conflict resolution programs follow a series of steps that include (Crawford and Bodine 1996):

  1. Setting ground rules. Agree to work together and set rules such as no name-calling, blaming, yelling or interrupting.

  2. Listening. Let each person describe their point of view without interruption. The point is to understand what a person wants and why they want it.

  3. Finding common interests. Establish facts and issues that everyone can agree on and determine what is important to each person.

  4. Brainstorming possible solutions to the problem. List all options without judging them or feeling that they must be carried out. Try to think of solutions where everyone gains something.

  5. Discussing each personís view of the proposed solutions. Negotiate and try to reach a compromise that is acceptable to everyone involved.

  6. Reaching an agreement. Each person should state his or her interpretation of the agreement. Try writing the agreement down and checking back at a later time to see how it is working.

taken from :      http://www.safeyouth.org/scripts/teens/conflict.asp

additional links: http://www.peacegames.org/index.html

                        http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/health/conflict/

                        http://www.bam.gov/sub_yourlife/yourlife_conflict.html

                        http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/178999.pdf

3 - Now that you have your information, you need to reflect on a current example of gang, team, or group violence. As a group create at least three examples of how the situation can be handled so that there is a peaceful solution.

4 - As a group, you will create a presentation giving examples of conflict from each piece of literature, to include the reason, actions of each side, outcomes and other possible solutions that could have stopped the conflict. You will also include your current example with at least three possible conflict/resolution solutions.  You may do a powerpoint presentation, story telling, create a written peice to be presented to the class, or be creative and come up with your own idea.  If you choose to create your own, you will need to get your idea approved prior to working on it.