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PEACE: A SHORT HISTORY; MLK, Gandhi, and Aun Kyi

A Short History of Civil Disobedience:

Nonviolence and Peace Movements | Crash Course World History #228

Join host John Green to learn about nonviolence and peace movements in the 20th century. What is nonviolence? What is a peace movement? Traditionally, humans often resort to violence when they come into conflict. In the 20th century, it became much more common for people to enact change by means of nonviolence, and this was a common thread of connection between many of the most notable advocates of peaceful change. Crash Course will take you along a path of nonviolent resistance and peaceful change including Gandhi, Gregg, Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Cold War , and the Arab Spring.


Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

a.k.a MLK or “Dr. King”

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Resources on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

2. This timeline has photographs!

3. This one from Soft Schools is fun too:

4. And this one from King Institute:



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Aung San Suu Kyi (SOO -CHEE)



She gave a famous speech at Shwedagon Pagoda in Mynamar (Burma).


Here’s a video of that speech:

Here’s a 2012 meeting between Suu Kyi and President Barack Obama:

Here’s a picture of her from 2015:

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The Spring Biography Project

What are your hopes and dreams?

What will be YOUR special gift, YOUR contribution to our world?

How will YOU make the world a better place?

Who are you? Where did you come from? What will you do with your life?

As we explore these questions, we must start with all the gifts that the universe has already given us!

Over the next three weeks, we will hear our second Great story, and you will choose a topic for your SPRING BIOGRAPHY PROJECT:

1. Read a chapter book biography (50-100 pages in length) about a person who has helped to make our world a better place. You may read the book by yourself, with a parent, or a parent (older sibling, mentor, friend) can read to you .

2. After Spring break you will give a 1-3 minute presentation. In which you will share:

A) What was this person’s gift or contribution to the world? What can we learn from her?

B) What obstacles did this person face on the way to achieving this contribution? This reminds us that all success in life comes from failure, losing is a part of winning, and making mistakes is essential to learning.

C) What relationships and influences helped this person? Tell us about this person’s childhood. How was she helped by by her parents, other great minds at the time (fellow artists, scientists, leaders), or other people?

D) You must have a visual: this could be a prop, a picture, a drawing, a diarama, a costume, or anything that we can see. If your topic is an artist you could also share a poem, song, painting or example of their work. If your topic is a scientist, you could share a diagram or model of their work.

E) For Betas and Gammas: I would like a timeline or a map as well.

In preparation for this project, Mr. Peter will be making presentations on the following Great Minds:

1. Theodore “Ted” Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

2. Harriet Tubman

3. Mark Twain

4. Maya Angelou

5. Mae Jemison

6. Malala Yousafzai, Education Activist in Pakistan

Here are some resources to start your search:

Biographies for kids:

Read a biography and take a quiz here: Turtle Diary

1. Ducksters

2. Mr Nussbaum

3. Garden of Praise

4. Time For Kids: Black History Month

5. Time for Kids: Women’s History Month

6. Raz Kids biographies

Choosing a book:

Any of the “Who Was…” or “Who is…” books are acceptable chapter books to read. They are available at your local library:


Hennepin County Library

Any child who doesn’t have a book by March 23rd will be given one by Mr. Peter on that day. Please help your child to be responsible with the book that they borrow. It should be returned undamaged after Spring Break.

Writing your presentation:

You don’t have to write an essay. You can make a speech, pretend to be the person and sit for an interview, or anything else you can imagine. You just have to talk/read for 1-3 minutes. Here is a sample from Time For Kids: