It seems to me that the subject of War/peace does indeed depend upon your
students. Bluestruth shared that such a subject would be relevant to her
students because of the location of your district. The next two questions
might be: what is the age of the student for whom you are planning this unit
and next, what else does your school do on the subject?
I use Edward Hicks and the Peaceable Kingdom in fifth grade because that is
when they do American history. In fourth grade, we discuss how some native
American celebrations were about the people's hope for peace. We talk about
the trail of tears, along which so many native Americans perished. In 7th/8th
grade, we do holocaust in social studies and language arts but it is hard for
me to connect in because they can cover a topic in three days and I only see
the kids for forty minutes, once a week, on different days. I'd like to know
more about how others are handling war and peace.