Analyzing War Using the Society vs. Society and Man vs. Society Conflict Types

Albertia Burgess, English, West Charlotte High School

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The major focus of this unit is war and how it contributes to a wide variety of areas in our lives. Broken into two lesson cycles, this unit looks at war from the perspectives of two conflict types: society vs. society and man vs. society.  While students will focus on the challenges associated with each part, we will also be studying the ambiguity of the term “war”, and other vocabulary used in the texts.  The literature that has been selected for this unit includes authors such as Artie Spiegelman, Janet Roth, Tim O’Brien, Ralph Ellison, Elie Wiesel, and Ambrose Bierce.  Students will get to discuss the products and causes of war and how each affects the world we live in.