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Grades 7-9

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.
Grades 7-9 Lesson Plan.pdf
 
Topic: Life is a Gift (Abortion)
Goal: 
Understanding abortion and its effects.
Lesson 1:  introducing students to the sacredness of human life from the very beginning.
Lesson 2: introducing students to the concept of building a culture of life.
Topic: Learning to Forgive (Restorative Justice/Death Penalty)
Goal: Forgiving those who hurt me.
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. Students will examine the difference between punitive prison time and restorative justice, and be challenged to view those in prison through the lens of the dignity of the human person.
Grades 7-9 Lesson Plan.pdf
Topic: Caring for those in Need (Poverty) 
Goal: True empathy for the poor.
Students will be encouraged to explore the meaning of poverty here in the United States as well as around the world. What does poverty look like? Why is help for the poor central to Jesus’ message?
Grades 7-9 Lesson Plan.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 7-9 Lesson Plan.pdf

Topic: Every Life Matters (Physician Assisted Suicide)
Goal: Treating the sick and elderly with dignity
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 7-9 Lesson Plan.pdf
Topic: Marriage
Goal: Understanding the significance of marriage.
To introduce students to the concept and understanding of marriage as a sacramental bond between a man and a woman that is lasting, loving and fruitful, and that marriage is the basis of the family.
Grades 7-9 Lesson Plan.pdf
Topic: Immigration
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 7-9 Lesson Plan.pdf
Topic: Caring for Creation (The Environment)
Goal: Understanding our role of stewardship.
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 7-9 Lesson Plan.pdf
Topic: Loneliness
Goal: Learning to befriend 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.
Grades 7-9 Lesson Plan.pdf

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