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Assertion and Conflict Resolution

Main Core Tie

Adult Roles And Responsibilities
Strand 2 Standard 3

Additional Core Ties

Adult Roles and Financial Literacy
Strand 4 Standard 3




Students will learn about passive, aggressive, and assertive behavior and how they relate to conflict resolution.


Instructional Procedures

Use the vocabulary worksheet (pdf) with students.

Primary Vocabulary

  • Passive
  • Aggressive
  • Win-Win Conflict
  • Resolution
  • Perspective

Have Three Large Posters out with words, Passive, Aggressive and Assertive listed on each. On one side of room put Aggressive, other side Passive, Assertive is in the middle.

Ask students to come and write words or feelings that they associate with each word.

Ask questions like these and have them write down words that describe each type of person.

  1. Who is a famous person who is
  2. How do you feel when you argue with each of these
  3. If this word were a car or an animal what would it be (or look like--draw)
  4. Draw a stick figure cartoon of someone who is…
  5. What is this type of person's underlying belief …..
  6. Who wins a conflict with this person?
  7. What is a definition of each word?
  8. If you accidentally bumped into each type of person in the hall, what would they do?
  9. If their change was $1.00 short at a store, what would each do?

Content Outline, Activities and Teaching Strategies
(All options do not necessarily need to be taught. Select ones to cover standards and objectives and according to your district policies.)

Option 1: Lecture on Passive, Aggressive and Assertive Behavior
Follow Assertive Conflict Resolution PowerPoint and Teacher Notes on Passive Aggressive and Assertive Behavior (pdf) with supplemental activities to teach about passive, aggressive, and assertive behavior and how they relate to conflict resolution. Have students take notes on Worksheet for PAA and Conflict Resolution (pdf).

Option 2: Role Playing
Students may practice role playing using Role Play Examples (pdf) various scenarios demonstrating understanding of passive, aggressive and assertive behavior.

Option 3: Determine Current Communication Style
Students will take Discovering your Communication Style Quiz (pdf) to determine their primary current communication style.

Option 4: Illustrate Co-operation
Play Broken Squares Game (pdf) to illustrate co-operation.

Option 5: Illustrate Co-operation
Play Win-Win Game (pdf) to illustrate o-operation.

Option 6: Different Communication Perspectives
Show Blind Men and the Elephant PowerPoint and read poem (pdf) to illustrate how different people have different perspectives of the same thing.

Option 7: Practice Win-Win Conflict Resolution
For Homework Assignment, have students complete Win-Win Worksheet (pdf) to practice win-win conflict resolution with someone they have a disagreement with.

Evaluate the results of:

  • Conflict Resolution Worksheet
  • What is Your Communication Style?
  • Passive Aggressive Assertive and Conflict Resolution Study Guide

Created: 07/05/2011
Updated: 02/05/2018