Lesson Plan

Underlying Needs

Conflicts arise when underlying needs are unmet. An engaging video introduces viewers to nine basic human needs. Then, through a series of videos, worksheets, and activities, class members learn that by focusing on interests and needs, it is possible to find creative strategies to resolve conflicts. The lesson plan ends with partners practicing strategies for resolving a conflict.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into six groups, assign each group one of the remaining needs, and have them create and perform a skit that illustrates that need
  • Expand the lesson to include practice delivering "I messages"
Classroom Considerations
  • Third in a series of nine resources focusing on conflict and conflict resolutions
  • The lessons are cumulative and designed to be  taught in orde
  • An answer key is provided for the underlying needs quiz
  • None