We are going to be studying the causes, symptoms, and results of conflict.

Initially we will be using definitions, small groups, and discussions to begin our study.

We will also be using some short films to guide our learning. The films are included in the links below. We will first be discussing the Pre-Viewing questions, watching and discussing each as a group.

For each film, you should watch once, take notes during your second viewing, then, finally, answer the post-viewing questions in your notebook.

Pre-Viewing Questions

1. What is YOUR primary cause of war and violence in your diamond organizer?

  • Why would you place that cause at the top?
  • Can you think of examples from life of this type of conflict?

2. Does your primary cause of war and violence have a solution? What is it?

Notes during Viewing

What is the setting?

Who are the characters?

What is the "Cause(s) of War and Violence" associated with the conflict?

What are the symptoms of the conflict?

What was the resolution that the characters came to?

Reflection Questions

Were there any moments where the conflict could have taken a different path?


What alternate path was available?


Can you think of a real world scenario that corresponds with the movie?

What is an alternate title you could give the film?

What is the artist trying to say by making this film?

When the Dust Settles (1997 7min.)

When the Dust Settles by Louise Jordan, National Film Board of Canada

Bonus Viewing!!!! Where does the conflict in Elbow Room fit in with our Definitions of the Causes of War and Violence?

Elbow Room (2002, 8min. 19s.) by Diane Obomsawin, National Film Board of Canada