Effectiveness of Nonviolent Civic Action Simulation on Colombia

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With new leadership comes new hope! After years of violence, the people of Colombia elect a new president ... could this mean an end to conflict? Civics scholars take part in a large group role-playing exercise designed to illustrate the effectiveness of nonviolent protest. The resource builds cultural knowledge as well as a deeper understanding of conflict resolution.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Show a video of a nonviolent protest from 2009 to give the class an emotional connection to the Colombian people and to the lesson
  • Pass out everyone's role well in advance of the lesson to give them plenty of time to prepare
Classroom Considerations
  • Assign the research and role preparation as homework to streamline the lesson and allow more in-class time for the simulation
  • Detailed background information helps participants prepare for their roles
  • The planning resources are helpful and well-organized
  • None
Common Core