Ron Kovic is an American anti-war activist, artist, and former United States Marine Corps sergeant.
MY HERO recommends reading the following stories to learn more about Ron Kovic - decorated marine, peace activist, and artist.
Kovic was losing faith in the war effort. After seeing demonstrators clubbed in the streets, he joined the protesters.
Ron is also a self-taught expressionist, who paints with authority and with love. The guiding principle behind his visceral and lyrical paintings is love and humanism.
Great for ESL students - the following story by Anabelle Vo includes an audio link that allows students to read and listen to the story.
I recently had the chance to speak with a man named Ron Kovic. Ron Kovic has devoted his life to fighting for peace and nonviolence.
Analyze this portrait of Ron Kovic by Robert Shetterly. Look closely at the words in the background. Why did Robert Shetterly chose this quote to include in this portrait? Do you have a hero who works for peace? Consider creating a portrait of your hero and include a quote that represents that person in your artwork.
MY HERO recommends students watch these short films to learn more about Ron Kovic's journey from Vietnam veteran to well-known peace activist.
Loretta Smith, a close friend of Ron Kovic, documents his amazing journey as a Vietnam war veteran and a world-renowned peace activist. (6:40 minutes)
Learn more about Ron Kovic's multifaceted life, overcoming hardship and transforming into an author, painter, and activist who has worked for world peace over the last 40 years. (4:23 minutes)
Listen to Ron Kovic speak in the following audio clip and film.
Ron Kovic shares his passion for a better world. (5:22 minutes)
2. Do you know anyone who is an activist for peace? Share his or her story with MY HERO.
3. What are some challenges veterans face today? Identify someone who is working to help veterans, and share his or her story with MY HERO.
4. What can you do to promote a more peaceful and tolerant world? Create an action plan and share your story with MY HERO?
Expressionist Artwork by Ron Kovic
Students analyze art created by Ron Kovic. How does the artist incorporate words to enhance his art? What message is the artist conveying? Using Kovic's art as inspiration, students are encouraged to create their own expressionist artwork to convey a message of peace.
Students will recognize challenges that members of armed forces face when engaged in a war, and what wounded veterans face when they return home. Students will identify peace activists who inspire them and evaluate what steps can be taken to work toward a more peaceful world. Students are encouraged to formulate an action plan and create an original piece of art promoting peace.
MY Hero Film Festival: Ron Kovic Peace Prize
The MY HERO Film Festival is honored to annually bestow the Ron Kovic Peace Prize to the director of the short film that most effectively addresses the issue of world peace. For more information click on the link to the right.
The Ron Kovic lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
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Organizer created on 6/19/2019 10:51:41 AM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 6/28/2021 3:21:02 PM by Laura Nietzer