Writing, Writing, Writing!

We want our students to write. We want our students to articulate their thoughts on serious topics. Chappell is a contemporary voice that speaks to a diverse range of high-interest topics for students of all ages. As we are looking for ways to engage our students with nonfiction work that is culturally relevant, he may be a source that you want to explore for use in classroom discussion, reading, research, writing assignments, and projects.

Chappell makes extensive use of Greek mythology, world history, philosophy, and psychology to support his claims. Below are some of the topics from his work that could be used in the classroom for writing or discussion:

  • Aggression
  • Bravery
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Civil Rights
  • Conflicts
  • Dehumanization
  • Disrespect
  • Empathy
  • Heroism
  • Holocaust
  • Human Rights
  • Injustice
  • Justice
  • Listening
  • Military
  • Nonviolence
  • Peace
  • Progress
  • Racism
  • Rage
  • Respect
  • Romanticizing the Past
  • Shared Humanity
  • Slavery
  • Struggle
  • Truth
  • Violence
  • Waging Peace
  • War
  • Women’s Rights

Key figures discussed in his work include Ancient Greek thinkers such as Socrates and Euripides, as well as historical world leaders such as Frederick Douglass, Gandhi, MLK, Jr., Gen. MacArthur, and contemporary peace leaders such as Wangari Maathai and Mulala Yousafzai.