Peace Day provides a globally shared date for the world to commit to peace and, most importantly, to contribute to building a culture of peace.
Students read some or all of the following stories about peace heroes and consider the discussion questions.
Three stories are available in text and audio, allowing students to read and listen. Great for ESL and Elementary students.
Ron Kovic: best selling author, activist and artist is honored at the MY HERO Celebration of Peace.
Kathy Eldon, inspired by her son, works for peace and tolerance.
The following stories have audio links that allow students to listen to the story as they read.
Jeni Stepanek is an ambassador for muscular dystrophy, who continues to spread her son Mattie's message of peace.
This selection of short films appropriate for Middle and High School students includes people who are dedicated to bringing peace into this troubled world. Some have overcome great adversity and have learned the power of forgiveness, tolerance, and compassion on the path to deeper peace.
Students watch one or more of these inspiring films, then consider the discussion questions and activities.
Mohamed Sidibay is a survivor of a horrific civil war in Sierra Leone, where he was forced to fight as a child soldier. Now he advocates for better access to education worldwide.
Young filmmaker Kasha Slavner interviews Unesco Goodwill Ambassador Phan Thi Kim Phuc, who survived a napalm bomb when she was a 9-year-old during the Vietnam War.
What happens when a mosque moves across the street from a church in the Bible Belt?
A grieving father overcomes tragedy by creating something beautiful in his son Tariq's name.
2. Many of the featured peace heroes have overcome adversity and learned the power of forgiveness, tolerance and peace. Do you know someone who has overcome adversity and works towards a more peaceful world? Share their story with MY HERO.
3. Where are areas of conflict in the world today? Who is working for peace in these areas? Research and share the story of a contemporary peace hero with MY HERO.
4. Violence continues to be a global problem. What can you do to promote peace in your community or country? Create an action plan, get others involved and share your story with MY HERO.
5. The film Upstanders: The Mosque Across the Street brought together two groups that might not have otherwise known each other. How does interacting with people from different cultures or religions bring us together and make a more peaceful world? Are there groups of different backgrounds in your community who have helped each other or worked towards a common goal? Share the story with MY HERO.
Additional Recommended MY HERO Peace Films with Discussion Questions for Students By Grade Level
View More Films Dedicated to Peace from MY HERO.
Appropriate for all Grade Levels.
Students analyze the artwork below and, individually or as a group, create their own photograph, mural, picture or poster that depicts peace to submit to the MY HERO Gallery.
For over 20 years, children have submitted posters with the message May Peace Prevail on Earth to the annual Peace Pals International Competition.
View More Art Dedicated to Peace from the MY HERO Gallery
The International Day of Peace lesson plan was created by MY HERO Teacher and Learning Circle Director Laura Nietzer.
Ron Kovic Peace Prize - MY HERO International Film Festival
Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Use the MY HERO Calendar in the Classroom
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Organizer created on 8/3/2019 5:02:07 PM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 11/7/2019 9:21:05 AM by Jeanne Meyers