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Name of Activity:

Violence in Schools

Purpose of Activity:

Students will be able to recognize and explain that violence is learned and often carried out through the media. Students will also be able to identify nonviolent scenarios and be able to reconstruct a violent situation into a nonviolent situation.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

A television at home, a worksheet made by the teacher, pens or pencils

Description of Idea

The activity begins by assigning students to watch television shows one evening looking specifically for violence that is depicted in the shows that are viewed.

The next class begins by asking students the following questions considering one of the shows that contained the most violence:

  1. What is the name of the television show you observed?
  2. How many violent situations occurred?

Inform students to choose the situation that was the most severe and answer the following questions:

  1. What was the violent situation?
  2. What kind of person performed the crime and why?

After the students have answered these questions, they will take the answers they have written and rewrite the violent situation or situations in a nonviolent way. There must be no violence in the dialogue at all. They will then have the opportunity to share their revised scenarios with the class.

Assessment Ideas:

  • "+" = The student has a clear understanding of violence and implements the term well.
  • "-" = The student understands the term violence however has difficulty implementing the term.
  • "0" = The student does not know the term violence nor knows how to implement the term.

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Submitted by Dana  Bitondo. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 5/5/2000.

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Mr. Decker

Wow... Thanks for sharing and you seem to really know your stuff.