In this lesson, students will learn the term "restorative justice." They will discuss the role of restorative justice in the book *What are you staring at?*, and they will brainstorm ways they can bring these practices into the classroom.
Students will be able to define the term "restorative justice."
Students will be able to explain how they can bring restorative justice into the classroom.
Bring students into a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor.
Ask them to raise their hands if they have heard of the words "restorative" or "justice" before.
Ask, "Does anyone know what these words mean?"
Write the words "restorative" and "justice" on the board, and write everything that the class already knows about them.
Either project or write on the board the following definition of restorative justice, from Unicef: "Restorative justice is when the person harmed and the aggressor (the person who acted out in violence), and in some cases other persons affected by a crime, participate together in the resolution of matters that came from the crime, generally with the help of a facilitator. Restorative justice is about making things as right as possible for all people involved."
Ask students to read through the definition, and to come up and underline words or phrases that stand out to them.
Ask the class if they have questions about this term.
Ask how restorative justice may be different from punishment of a behavior or crime.
Show the class the book What Are You Staring At? by Pete Wallis.
Explain that you will be reading through the book. As you read, ask the students to look for connections to the definition of restorative justice in the book.