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Role-Playing Scenarios

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.
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Learning Objectives

  • 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.


(15 minutes)
Restorative Justice
  • 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.
  • Read the story to the class.