At this point in your life, you’ve probably learned a lot about getting along with others. Your parents remind you to be kind to your brothers and sisters, your teachers expect you to be kind and considerate toward your classmates, and your coaches have taught you about teamwork and cooperation. You’ve learned how to be a good friend and how to put others before yourself.
But you’ve probably experienced moments and situations when something happened, and those people you worked so hard to love and care for started to drive you crazy! Something happens, and instead of kindness, you feel frustration. Suddenly, you have conflict.
- In your own words, how would you define conflict? (Accept all reasonable responses.)
Conflicts can range from small disagreements with friends to wars and major disagreements between people groups and countries. Many of you may have heard of the conflict happening between Russia and Ukraine.
Share the following video with your students [2:54; stop at 2:28]:
What Is The Background To Conflict Between Russia And Ukraine?
- What did you learn from this video about the conflict happening between Russia and Ukraine? (Accept all reasonable responses.)
- In what ways do you think this conflict is affecting the people who live in both countries? (Accept all reasonable responses.)
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has major impacts for lots of people. The people living in both countries are affected by war, violence, military attacks, and government decisions. Citizens’ everyday lives and futures are impacted by the conflict happening between these two countries.
- Do you think there is a simple solution to this conflict? Why or why not? (Accept all reasonable responses.)
Because this conflict involves politics, power, and human lives, a resolution to this conflict will likely be very complex.
Although most conflicts we’ll encounter will be on a much more personal level than this major one, we will face disagreements and relational difficulties throughout our lives. When we encounter these situations, we will have to decide how to handle them.
- Think about a conflict you’ve experienced recently. What made that conflict difficult? How did you work to find a solution to the conflict? (Allow students to share from their own experiences.)
Today we’re going to look at a big conflict and how two brothers tried to resolve it.