by Dr. Barbara A. Marderosian Conflict is a part of everyday life and can be viewed as an opportunity for growth rather than an occasion to despair. Characters in literature face conflicts great and small. Many of the issues confronted are relevant to students lives and therefore can be used to make literature more relevant. In addition to prompting students discussion and composition, the objective of this curriculum unit is to provide a vehicle through which the concepts of mediation can be introduced by teachers to complement what they teach already on a regular basis. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Barbara A. Marderosian is a long-time Massachusetts public school educator who has worked in both urban and rural settings primarily with high school English classes. She is a graduate of the New England School of Law and is certified in mediation, which she practices privately and in conjunction with the Worcester Community Mediation Center. (2006, paperback, 48 pages) Availability: Usually ships in 2-3 business days.