'KALASHNIKOV'S DREAM' - Wars & Why They Exist

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Kalashnikov’s Dream’ is a highly engaging, cross-curricular program involving rigorous synoptic assessments. Presented in four media-rich lessons as a ‘Teacher Kit’, the completed program allows students to extend their knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding of language and history as well as a much-needed discussion about wars and why they exist. 

The Toolkit helps students to make connections between history and their own opinions. This pioneering program covers a raft of educational standards and comes in two parts - a Teacher Guide along with a student-facing PowerPoint loaded with films and other visual assets for a truly original and stimulating lesson experience.

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April 2019
it has everything a teacher needs, and you can always mold it to your liking. Thank you!
April 2019
Thank you for your important note. When you've had a chance to absorb further, I'd be interested to learn which aspect worked best for you.
April 2019
Important ethical and political themes, with well-chosen case studies and role-play activities. A strong initiative - would be great to see more topics covered on similar lines.
April 2019
Thanks Naomi - striving to create a new educational vehicle: one that makes students sit up and engage but at the same time absorb the ethical questions posed within it. Ones that they will in turn face and have to answer in adulthood. In other words, to intellectualize students early through a more powerful visual medium.
March 2019
This lesson plan is meant to encourage kids to consider all the different perspectives related to gun violence. Class discussion and activities facilitate the conversation, and the lesson provides students a wealth of background information from the teacher for context on the problem of gun violence. From my perspective, this lesson can help students understand the complexity of gun violence on a global scale. The lesson plan includes several activities which the teacher can choose based on their specific class. This lesson plan could fit into a world history class. Role-playing and discussion from the plan help students to imagine situations where guns will end up. Students will consider war-torn lands and people forever changed by the power of firearms in their local communities. While the lesson plan can give us a 10,000-foot view of the problem, the curriculum also makes it clear that gun violence is both personal and painful in the life of individuals affected by it. That is the same across the globe. JP Thomas, Brady Staff
March 2019
A rigorous review by JP Thomas which should be read by any teacher approaching this program.
March 2019
Wow. This is incredibly powerful. So many issues to discuss and so thought provokingly presented. The video is so moving and the activities that run along side will make students think and examine their own belief system and backgrounds without any judgement on the student's culture. I particularly like the role play exercise; I have found that these always work well allowing students to stand outside themselves and take a different view. And if at the end we produce a generation of students who are not enthralled by guns then surely that is a good thing.
March 2019
Thanks Kate, you picked up on the role-playing, a distinct feature of the second session. The approach is based on the idea that young adults need to 'move to think', or that the core learning can be absorbed more fitfully in this way. It's a useful dynamic, helping students to understand the 'predicament' of people living in war zones.
March 2019
I enjoyed this program of lessons. The crafted opening video and the PowerPoint content are informative and stimulating. This supports the teacher training pack, which is well structured and creative in content, enabling the teacher to easily guide the students through the complex psychological and philosophical questions of war and weapons.
March 2019
I'm pleased you find the materials useful and stimulating. The program is meant to be a clay for the skilful educator to shape to his/her own uses and should like a wine, mature over time!
February 2019
Very impressive presentation and important lessons for students. Also, the PPT is full of incredibly rich visuals / video. Be sure to watch it all.
March 2019
Thanks Kelly. Teachers are competing all the time with the sophisticated visual stimuli out there in the world beyond the classroom. The digital content here is deliberately striking, to captivate the student audience so that the class can begin to engage in a meaningful lesson.