Below you’ll find the lesson plan or handout for each topic. Additional resources for each topic can be found under the Topics section by grade level.
|Topic: Loving our Neighbor (Overcoming Polarization)|
Goal: Learning what mercy is.
Our world is often confused by what true mercy looks like. Pope Francis calls us to a culture of encounter, to recognize the dignity in the person in front of us. This encounter leads us to action on their behalf by serving others through works of mercy.
Grade 10-12 – Loving our Neighbor.pdf
|Topic: Life is a Gift (Abortion)|
Goal: Understanding abortion and its effects.
Lesson 1: Grade 10-12 – The Paradox of Choice
Lesson 2: Grades 10-12 – A World Without Abortion
|Topic: Learning to Forgive (Restorative Justice/Death Penalty)|
Goal: Understanding true justice and mercy.
Students will learn about the mercy of God and His invitation to us to uphold the dignity of every person, even those who have committed crimes. Bad decisions cannot destroy the reality of the love of God. Solutions to crime and punishment must take into account the dignity of every person.
Grades 10-12 – Learning to Forgive.pdf
|Topic: Caring for those in Need (Poverty)|
Goal: True empathy for the poor.
Students will explore poverty. They will look at both extreme poverty, such as exists in developing parts of the world and practical poverty, as we have in the US in which even working families struggle to make ends meet. Like Mother Teresa, we are called to serve the poor by looking people in the eye, respecting their dignity, and engaging in works of mercy.
Grades 10-12 – Caring for Those in Need.pdf
|Topic: Celebrating Special Needs|
Goal: Recognizing goodness in others.
Students will learn about the importance of loving and reverencing those who are different from us. Students will learn to recognize that every person is unique and created by God and loved for who they are. They will learn that our physical appearance and abilities cannot change our irrevocable dignity.
Grades 10-12 – Celebrating Special Needs.pdf
|Topic: Physician Assisted Suicide|
Goal: Learning life-affirming options for end-of-life care.
The international movement to legalize assisted suicide teaches that some lives are worth living while others have no value. Students will learn about interdependence and what life-affirming options are available for people at the end of life that are in keeping with human dignity.
Grades 10-12 – End of Life
Goal: Understanding the significance of marriage.
Marriage numbers are decreasing around the world. And, there is much confusion about the nature of marriage and why people even ought to get married. Students will explore the benefits of marriage for individuals and society and learn how to have a successful marriage.
Grades 10-12 – Marriage
Goal: Building a Christian community.
Students will learn that humans are meant for community, which means loving other people and treating them with respect both in theory and in reality. What does this look like in our culture? We explore the topic of immigration through the lens of building a Christian community.
Grades 10-12 – Immigration
|Topic: The Environment|
Goal: Connecting the environment with reverence for life.
Students will receive an overview of main points of Laudato si and understand the connection between honoring the dignity of each person, serving the poor and vulnerable, and protecting our environment.
Grades 10-12 – Environment
Goal: Learning to reach out to the lonely.
There is an epidemic of loneliness in our world that is affecting people young and old alike. The busier we get, the more we seem to lose the ability to interact on a personal level, resulting in many people who feel alone. This lesson invites students to be more aware of how they can befriend the lonely and what to do when they realize they need friends too.
Grade 10-12 – Loneliness