Grades: Upper Middle
days (one day research, two days for creation of project) + presentation
Social studies, Integrated Literacy
To compare the life of Gandhi and other nonviolent leaders
To identify qualities and behaviors of nonviolence
To use the internet to gather data
To organize data in a useful way
To synthesis information and communicate findings to audiences in
To understand the meaning of nonviolence by identifying nonviolent
Wisconsin State Standards
English Language Arts: A.8.1, A.8.4, B.8.1, C.8.1, E.8.1, E.8.3, E.8.5,
Social Studies: B.8.1, B.8.4, B.8.7, B.8.10, B.8.12, C.8.7
Information and Technology Literacy: A.8.2, A.8.3, A.8.4, A.8.5, B.8.1,
B.8.2, B.8.3, B.8.5, B.8.6, B.8.7, C.8.3, C.8.4, D.8.1, D.8.2, D.8.4
Teachers may want to use the source page ahead of time. There are
many great resources for nonviolence on these pages.
We must be the change we wish to see. M. K. Gandhi
1. Introduce nonviolence with overhead
of nonviolent qualities. (Gandhi
Power Point also has this.)
2. Ask students if they can think of any nonviolent leaders in the
world that exhibit these qualities.
3. Handout the four part worksheet (Also on power point).
4. Ask students what they know about Gandhi? Model filling in Gandhi
on the graphic organizer. (Also on Power Point with live links). This
will help students understand the task.
5. Have students complete the graphic organizer in pairs or groups.
6. Each student will use the information on the chart to select significant
events and qualities of these influential people, and write a one-paragraph
essay that includes two significant events in the nonviolent leader’s
life showing at least two nonviolent qualities. Which leader stands
out in your mind and why? Paragraph graded by rubric (see handout)
7. In pairs or groups students will create a visual product that represents
their choice for nonviolent qualities found in these leaders, and
select two specific events that show these qualities in the leaders’
Ideas for projects