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Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

Nancy Montague
Bay District Schools


Through a video, group discussion, and role-playing, students learn about types of conflicts that occur in the school setting, identify how they escalate, and identify behaviors needed in resolving them.


The student knows nonviolent, positive behaviors for resolving conflict (eg., peer mediation).

The student knows the difference between negative and positive behaviors used in conflict situations (eg., talking vs. hitting, passivity vs. action).


-Video [Mediation: Getting to WIN WIN!] This can be checked out from the Bay County District Department for Safe and Drug Free Schools or contact Peace Works in Education through their webpage listed in Weblinks.
-3x5 index cards (6 per student)
-Overhead projector
-Vis-à-vis pen
-Overhead transparency of “Word Bank” worksheet (see Associated File for worksheet)
-Word Bank worksheet (1 per student - see Associated File)
-Conflict Worksheet (1 per student - see Associated File)
-Role Playing worksheet (1 per group - see Associated File)
-Peer Review sheet (1 per student - see Associated File)


1. Secure the video [Mediation: Getting to WIN WIN!] by Peace Works. This can be checked out from the Bay County District Department for Safe and Drug Free Schools or contact Peace Works in Education through their web page listed in Weblinks.
2. Secure a TV/VCR.
3. Secure an overhead projector, transparency, and a vis-à-vis pen.
4. Download the Associated File and print the worksheets.
5. Photocopy the worksheets (per materials listed).
6. Plan which specific students will be grouped together, if needed, or try coming up with a clever way to group them. This needs to be a quick transition time and will require some pre-thought.
7. Check out the two links in the Weblinks for more information about Peace Works and conflict resolutions.


This is a Conflict Resolution lesson. It addresses the Goal 5 standard – School Safety and Environment/Strand and Responsible Health Behavior/Standard 3.

1. Tell the students to get comfortable and direct their attention to the TV screen. Play the video called [Mediation: Getting to Win Win!] The film is about two boys who get in a scuffle. The teacher sends them to Peer Mediation. Through mediation, the boys realize that they were fighting over something that did not even occur. It was nothing more than a series of misunderstandings and misinformation. It shows how an incident can turn into a big conflict. (Allow 23 minutes.)

2. After the video, use the Discussion Prompts sheet (see Associated File) as a guide for a class discussion of the video. (Allow 10 minutes.)

3. If students left their desks for the video, ask them to return to their desks and take out a pen/pencil for the next activity.

4. Give each student a copy of the Word Bank worksheet (see Associated File) and six 3x5 index cards. Ask the students to use the category codes at the bottom of the page to code the words. Students need to decide if the word represents a verbal cue, a non-verbal cue, a positive or negative word, or a violent or non-violent word. A word may have more than one code. Before the students begin, ask them to skim the page and see if they need any of the words defined for them. Allow five to seven minutes to complete this task. On the overhead, using the Word Bank transparency, review the words with the students. Allow one student at a time to tell how he/she coded a word. Remember to give corrective feedback and academic praise to each student as he/she shares. (Allow 15 minutes.)

5. Next, have the students write a word from the Word Bank onto an index card. Each card will contain a different category word. Card 1 –a positive word, Card 2 –a negative word, Card 3 -a verbal cue, Card 4 -a non-verbal cue, Card 5 -a violent word, and Card 6 -a non-violent word. Collect the cards and place them in a box (or other item like a hat). (Allow 2-3 minutes.)

6. Mix up the cards and ask the student with the most buttons on (or use another cute idea to select a student) to pick a card. He/she will act out the card. Students, when called upon by the “actor,” will guess the word being portrayed and what type of word it is. If the student is correct, he/she becomes the next actor. (Allow 15 minutes.)

7.Break the class into groups of three to four people, using the cute way you came up with. Ask one person to be the recorder and give each student a copy of the Conflict Worksheet. (See Associated File.) Each group will brainstorm possible causes of conflicts for students in a school setting. Have each of them record these on their own worksheet. Circulate among the groups to help students stay on task, refocus them if needed, and answer any questions they have. (Allow 10-12 minutes.)

8. Hand out one Role-Playing sheet (see Associated File) to each group recorder. Based on the discussion, they will choose a conflict and complete the details listed on the sheet. (Allow 10 minutes.)

9. Collect the Role-Playing sheets and fold them in half. Shuffle the sheets and hand one out to each group. Allow them time to review, to plan, and to discuss a solution they will act out.

10. Hand out a copy of the Peer Review sheet to each student. (See Associated File.)

11. Have the first group act out the given conflict. After they role play, give their peers time to fill out the review sheet. Now, as a class, discuss the conflict review, using their review sheets as a prompt.

12. Repeat step 11 with each group.

13. Have a cool down session for any thoughts, and/or questions, and answers.


In a role-playing, conflict situation the student will be able to:
-Identify positive and negative behaviors portrayed.
-Understand how the conflict escalated based on student observations of positive and negative.
cues given
-Identify the cues as verbal or non-verbal, positive or negative, and violent or non-violent

The student will demonstrate an understanding of possible causes of conflicts for youths in the school setting and some positive resolutions to these conflicts.

Since students are not expected to master conflict resolution with only a small exposure to it, it will be important to give continual corrective feedback and academic praise to each of the students. The purpose is to give the students positive tools to use in their lives. Collecting and reviewing the Peer Review will demonstrate if students have an understanding of any concepts presented, and if they are ready to dig deeper into conflict resolution.


Through Peaceworks (see Weblink), you can order student workbooks and a teacher guide to extend this lesson further. It is suitable for students that require modifications in the classroom (eg., SLD).

Web Links

Web supplement for Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil
Peace Education

Web supplement for Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil
Conflict Resolution

Attached Files

Word Bank, Conflict Worksheet, Role-Playing Sheet, Peer Review Form, and Discussion Prompts.     File Size: 38912 bytes (0.038 mb)      File Extension: pdf

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