Lesson Plan

Conflict! The Eisenhower Years: Lesson 1

Soldiers boxing at Camp Colt, Gettysburg, 1918
Soldiers boxing at Camp Colt, U.S. Army Tank Training Center, Gettysburg, 1918

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Grade Level:
Seventh Grade-Twelfth Grade
History, International Relations
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
PA Education Standards:
Career Education: Career Retention and Advancement 13.3.8, 13.3.11
Civics and Government: Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship 5.2.9, 5.2.12


Former President Jimmy Carter, who has helped resolve many international conflicts, says, “On the most basic level, conflict occurs when interests differ.”  This is true for individuals – in families, classrooms, or on the job.  It is also true among nations.  In this lesson, students learn about conflict.  They role play an example of interpersonal conflict, then gain experience – again through role play – in one method of solving conflicts, mediation.


Students will be able to discuss and analyze the meaning of conflict as it applies to individuals, communities, and nations.

Students will learn about and put into practice one of the methods of conflict resolution - mediation.



As a soldier and as a President, Dwight D. Eisenhower played a seminal role in many of the conflicts of the Twentieth Century. This teaching package introduces students to this great American, but also challenges students to use their study of Eisenhower to explore how conflicts are caused -and how they can be solved.

This teaching package has been designed to appeal to all types of learners-visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. It fosters critical thinking skills as students read, write, analyze and draw conclusions. They also participate actively through role playing. The teaching package includes five lessons.

These lessons offer teachers a way to integrate the study of this American president with the 11th grade American history curriculum and prepares students for an optional visit to the Eisenhower Farm. The lessons are designed to meet education standards of the Pennsylvania State Department of Education.


Conflict! The Eisenhower Years: Lesson 1 Materials
Includes: Handout #1 Mediation, Handout #2 Acting as a Mediator, Handout #3 Making War: Centuries of Conflict



Check out the other lessons:
Lesson 1: Conflict and Its Resolution

Lesson 2: Causes of International Conflict

Lesson 3: Eisenhower and his Times

Lesson 4: Conflicts Eisenhower Faced

Lesson 5: How Would Eisenhower Have Handled It?

Site Visit: A Visit by World Leader


Last updated: November 8, 2017