We have chosen the resources assembled here in order to provide
information, images and ideas to adult educators whose students
wish to learn more about the Iraq war and to practice the skills
needed to prevent future wars - constructive dialogue, media
literacy, and global awareness. In collecting these resources
we are aware of the potential dangers of imposing a set of political
viewpoints. Our main goal, however, is to provide vehicles through
which adult learners may critically analyze current events and
give voice to their own views, in a way that is respectful of
a range of opinions.
These resources may not be useful in every classroom and choices
about what to discuss and in what ways need to be considered
very carefully. Some learners may have no interest in discussing
current events and may find it upsetting and counterproductive
to do so - issues of war and conflict hit too close to home.
(We have listed some trauma-related websites below
that can help guide you in thinking about the potential effects
of discussing these issues with learners.) Others may wish to
understand the words and images they see in the media. We hope
that in balancing risk and safety, the notions of multiple perspectives
and open dialogue will guide your choices about which materials
to use, adapt or develop yourselves.
Change Agent: Language and Power
This issue of the Change Agent explores some of the ways that
language expresses and wields power-power with and power over.
See page 24 for an article on deconstructing euphamisms and page
25 for a piece on wartime propaganda.
the U.S.-Iraq Crisis: A Primer
This 24-page resource, by the Institute for Policy Studies, answers
43 basic questions about the current war, the history of U.S.-Iraq
relations, and alternatives to the current policy.
Rethinking Schools Special Report on War
This site includes background readings, lesson plans, role-play
exercises and other resources teachers can use in their classrooms.
This collection will be updated regularly, as events unfold and
as we become aware of new resources teachers will find useful.
Throughout its history Educators for Social Responsibility has
focused on developing ways to discuss global issues constructively
with students. This page lists several activities for talking
about the war in Iraq, including one on "Proverbs About
Conflict From Around the World" and another where students
discuss various positions on the war by looking at quotes.
with Iraq - Lesson Plan
The Choices Program is a national education program that seeks
to engage students at the secondary level in consideration of
international issues and contribute to a renewal of civic engagement
in the United States. This site helps teachers engage their students
in considering the war in Iraq and the policy options the United
States might consider.
York Times - Current Event Lesson Plans
These lessons about current events, based on material found in
the New York Times, are designed for secondary education classrooms.
They nevertheless offer adult educators useful background information
and teaching ideas.
News Hour - Lessons
Based on stories reported on the PBS News Hour, this site includes
several good lessons about the war and how the media is covering
it. As with the NY Times, these lessons are designed for secondary
and the Media
This activity provides an opportunity for students to discuss
the role media plays during times of crisis and the need for
them to evaluate information they receive.
In this activity, students have the opportunity to express their
feelings about the war in Iraq and discuss their thoughts and
perceptions of its events. The activity asks students to consider
questions such as, "What are the most important questions
Americans should be asking?"
Ed - Crisis in Iraq Resource Guide
This resource guide is intended to supplement 60 second "sound
bites" and provide essential information about the current
crisis with Iraq. The readings, maps, and activities present
multiple perspectives and have been designed to serve as springboards
for discussion in the classroom. See page 7 for an activity on "What
On this site, Vermont Public Television has compiled all of the
classroom resources available on PBS.org that address the war
National Priorities Project: Cost of War
a figure of $100 billion for an estimate of how much U.S. taxpayers
would have to pay for a war with Iraq, NPP has calculated the
cost taxpayers of each state and some selected cities will end
and the Adult English
Language Learner (2000,
ERIC Digest) http://www.cal.org/CAELA/digests/trauma2.htm
Trauma and Adult Learning (2002, ERIC Digest)
Mental Health and the Adult Refugee: The Role of the
ESL Teacher (1999, ERIC Digest)
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. (2000). Torture
and second language acquisition.
England Literacy Resource Center