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    Using the 'Parent Taming' photostory
    Overview

    This picture story shows a single mother in dispute with her teenage daughter. Both try to find ways to reduce the conflicts that arise between them.

    The story introduces learning about conflict in a school situation and covers the QCA schemes of work: Unit 13 How do we deal with conflict?.


    How to use with a whole class with access to computers

    As students work through the story, they may need guidance in considering the issues raised. They could make notes in their books to recall what they are learning. These questions may help:

    1. What do we know about this family? (i.e. single mum, teenage daughter). What are they arguing about?
    2. What does Jan want to do that her mother won't let her?
    3. What advice does Beverley's friend give in this situation?
    4. Does Beverley follow the advice? Does it work?
    5. What do you think might happen next?

    Ask students to look at the story, identify with the characters (if they can) and think about what they would have done if they had been in this situation. When they have finished, ask them to think about or discuss with others wider issues of conflict. These questions may help:

    1. Are family conflicts like other forms of conflict?
    2. What could be the same and what different?
    3. Why do family conflicts start and how can they be resolved?

    Sitting in a circle, ask a pair to be in the middle each time and mime a conflict. Everyone else has to try and guess what the conflict is about and how it could be stopped. This can also be done using freeze-frame statues, with two or more students each time.

    Encourage students to carry out research on conflicts in history, asking the same questions about causes and effects. They may also be interested to imagine future conflicts and what things people could disagree about in future times.

    Ask students, individually or in pairs, to write a poem about conflict. Their poems can then be graphically designed for display or performed to the class or other classes in the school.

    Encourage students to explore active citizenship with the learning journeys. There are examples of Citizenship Action by other schools. They can 'Go off on a tangent!' with audio and video clips, find out more on 'Get the lowdown' or test themselves with the quizzes. Students who finish early can add their own ideas about rights and responsibilities on the messageboard.


    How to use with only a small number of computers

    Use the 'Parent Taming' photostory in rotation with other activities for learning about conflict resolution, which could include:

    1. Design a home scene where parents are in disagreement with their child or children.
    2. Design a playground where a child is being bullied and other children come to help.
    3. Design a street scene where a young person has a mobile phone stolen.

    When everyone has finished all the activities, ask for some of the scenes to be performed. Give out written tasks to consolidate the learning:

    1. Which was better, the drama work or the online work?
    2. Write a set of rules to display at home to reduce family conflict.

    Suggestions for using with an interactive whiteboard

    Show the scenes from the 'Parent Taming' photostory. Break at key points to allow pairs or small groups to discuss what they would have done in Jan's position. Invite volunteers to the board to add their alternatives for everyone to consider.


    Suggestions for using the site for planning lessons

    Print out a dialogue scene between the mother and the daughter. Blank out the words they are saying to make a worksheet. Make photocopies of this for use by small groups. Their task is to write in what they think the people are saying in this situation.

    1. Print out as worksheets scenes with different characters in the story:
      Jan talking with her mum
      Beverley talking with her friend
      Jan talking with her friend.

    2. Introduce the story by explaining it is called ‘Parent taming’ and is about how a single mum is disagreeing with her teenage daughter about her behaviour.


    3. Arrange for different small groups in the class to work on different worksheets. In this way a number of groups will be exploring each of the three dialogues above. Imagine what the people are saying and write their words on the sheet as speech bubbles.


    4. Share results from this activity, either with groups working on the same dialogue moving to work together or as a whole class.


    5. Choose groups to present their dialogues, so that the whole story can be built up as a drama. This may of course come out quite differently from the original photostory which you can tell at the end or encourage students to look at on the website.


    6. Emphasise the key learning points from this activity, especially how both mother and daughter learn to respect each other’s viewpoints better and so develop a less conflict-prone relationship.

    Suggested questions to encourage class discussion

    1. Why do families have conflicts?
    2. Can talking solve everything when there is a dispute?
    3. How does discipline at home differ from discipline at school?
    4. 'Rules were made to be broken.' Explain what this saying means and if you agree with it.

    Extension work for more able pupils

    1. Explore other examples of conflict that may be familiar e.g. bullying. Aspects to investigate could include whether it is increasing or decreasing, what causes it, what can be done to prevent it. Display your findings as an exhibition for the classroom or school.

    2. Compare conflicts within families with conflicts within or between nations. Write an essay about this, bringing out any differences you think there are between scales of conflicts and ways of resolving them.



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