Why Do We Fight? Conflict, War & Peace

Why Do We Fight? Conflict, War & Peace

Publisher: OwlKids Books                                                                        Publication date: 09/10/2013

Pages: 80                                                                                                                 Delivery: Class Reading

Lexie: 990L                                                                                                           Age Range: 10 – 14 Years

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Nobel Peace Prize – Have students connect literature to the world around them by studying the history behind the Nobel Peace Prize. This activity and exploration can act as a great introduction to a lesson and get students more interested in the topic of conflict and resolution.
Conversation With The Author– This three page interview is a great resource for teachers to think about how they may want to present this lesson based off how the author intends for it to be interpreted.


  1. Vocabulary – This book is full of words that represent both conflict and resolution. A great activity to acknowledge these words as well as solidify their meaning is to create a word wall and have one side represent conflict and the other resolution.
  2. Quotes– This book is also filled with many amazingly powerful quotes, such as “When two sides in a disagreement feel like there’s some common ground between them, they’re way more likely to talk things out … But when the two sides see only their differences, they’re more likely to mistrust, fear and even hate each other” (Walker 23). Have students choose a quote that stands out to them in the novel and explain why it means something to them, explain why they chose it, and re-write the quote in their own words.
  3. The News – Have students go home and research a current conflict that is happening today. Have them bring this example to class with an object that represents this major event and discuss how it is similar to Why Do We Fight?
  • Key Vocabulary
    • Conflict – a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one.
    • Resolution – a firm decision to do or not to do something.
    • Communication – the imparting or exchanging of information or news.
    • War – a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state.
  • Before Reading:
    • KWL – Having students sit down to think about what they already know about conflict and resolution is a great way to get students minds thinking about the topic and what they can anticipate in learning.
  • During Reading
    • Modeling Comprehension – This nonfiction topic can be a bit tricky to understand at times, so by guiding the students through the text and teaching them how to properly comprehend the material, you will be setting them up for success.
  • After Reading
    • PopCorn Review – This is a great quick game to keep students on their toes and make sure they were comprehending the material, as you where practicing above.

Writing Activity:

  • Have students pair up into groups and analyze the classic family feud from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet (below). Have them compare this to the quote mentioned in the novel that states, “Feeling good about the groups we belong to can be a very positive thing. But groups can also bring out the worst in people, especially when they start to focus on the difference between themselves and others.” (Walker 26). Have them analyze the roles family can play in conflict by looking at some classic american funds, as mentioned in the novel, with famous fictional feuds such as Shakespeare’s .

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