Share the importance of disarmament with your students with MY HERO's Multimedia Resources/Teacher Lesson Plan. Includes Discussion guide and learning outcomes.
Disarmament Week kicks off on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (24 October). It calls for abandoning the use of force in international relations and seeking security in disarmament.
Ron Kovic is an American anti-war activist, artist and former United States Marine Corps sergeant, who was wounded and paralyzed in the Vietnam War.
Students read the following story and watch the film about Ron Kovic, then consider the discussion questions and activities.
Ron Kovic is a best selling author, activist and artist whose story was immortalized by Tom Cruise in the Hollywood movie Born on the Fourth of July.
Great for ESL/ELL students and Emerging Readers
The following stories are available in text and audio allowing students to listen and read along before considering the discussion questions and activities.
Daniel Ellsberg is a whistle blower and truth teller responsible for publishing the Pentagon Papers.
Mohamed Sidibay speaks out to give a name and a face behind the stories of child soldiers.
Students view the following film, Crazy for Peace, about a local peace activist in Laguna Beach, California and consider the discussion questions.
1. The heroes featured in the stories and films all work for peace. What motivated each of them? Why is their story important in today's world?
2. Where are the 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.
3. Do you know of a peace activist in your community? Share their story with MY HERO?
4. 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?
After viewing these films the participants will have a deeper respect for the heroes in the films. These films reflect on unique individuals with developmental disabilities and their ability to live an empowered life. Participants will feel inspired and empowered to overcome obstacles in their own lives and reach for worthy goals.
Stories, Art and Film about Nuclear Disarmament
Students read the story about Sadako Sasaki, a girl who died from radiation sickness after the Hiroshima bombing. This story is available in text with audio so students can listen as they read along. Great for ESL/ELL learners.
Read the story about Yuri Mason, an artist who lived in Japan during the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombing and became an advocate for complete nuclear disarmament.
Students watch the movie, The Nuclear Genie, which includes a brief history of nuclear weapon development and the need for nuclear disarmament.
Students analyze the mural created by Japanese students.
Students consider the discussion questions and activities.
Sadako Sasaki inspired an international peace movement. Story available with audio for ESL/ELL learners.
Yuri Mason, an advocate for nuclear disarmament, shared her love of life and peace through the power of her paintings.
1. After reading the story about Sadko Sasaki, research the effects of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
2. Research the nuclear weapon threats that exist today. What is being done?
3. Research activists and groups working towards nuclear disarmament. Who do you admire? Share their story with MY HERO.
4. Create an original piece of artwork about peace and nuclear disarmament to submit to the MY HERO Art Gallery.
5. Learn to make origami cranes and create a display to honor Sadko Sasaki and others who died due to radiation poisoning. Take a photograph of your project and submit it to MY HERO.
Story for Younger Readers written by a Young Writer
Use this story about Loung Ung as an example for younger writers. Have students choose their hero for peace, research their hero and write a story explaining why they chose their hero. Students should submit their stories to MY HERO.
Loung Ung was forced to be a child soldier in Cambodia, and has since become a human rights activist.
Illustrations of the pursuit of peace and disarmament from the Gallery
Students analyze the artwork below and discuss the message each piece portrays. Then individually or as a group, students create their own original artwork depicting peace and disarmament to submit to MY HERO.
The UN Disarmament Week lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
MY HERO Calendars for use in the Classroom
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
Use the Create program to submit Stories, Art, Film and Audio
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Organizer created on 9/10/2019 6:47:16 AM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 6/26/2023 3:52:40 PM by Laura Nietzer