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Step 4: Facilitating Classroom Discussion About Abuse

Understanding Power and Control Dynamics of Abuse
At the root of physical, verbal, and sexual abuse are power and control dynamics. Through Lessons from Literature activities, students learn to think critically about the power and control dynamics and impact of abuse. Through safe and respectful classroom dialogue, activities and reflection, students are encouraged to take a stand against violence by creating personal boundaries for themselves and applying the principles of respectful behavior in their daily lives. Changing social norms that perpetuate violence is no easy task—but it starts with the individual, and especially our youth.

Lessons from Literature Classroom Manual
The Classroom Manual was created to serve as a practical tool to help teachers plan and execute Lessons from Literature activities. The Manual offers lesson plans that illustrate how to facilitate safe and meaningful classroom discussion about abuse. We encourage you to start with these activities and modify them to meet your unique needs. We’ve also included a lesson template to guide you in planning your own Lessons from Literature lessons plans and discussion activities. We invite you to explore the following:

Lessons from Literature Classroom Manual
Lessons from Literature Classroom Manual (6.5 MB)

Step 5: Motivating Students to Avoid Violence and Practice Respect



"One in three teens reports knowing a friend of peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped or physically hurt by a partner."

–Teenage Research Unlimited