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Life is Precious

Human life is a gift from God. Even when a person is small and vulnerable in the womb, life is sacred and needs to be protected.  Our young students will learn concepts of generosity and selflessness because the Gospel calls us to follow the example of Jesus who laid down his very life for the sake of each person in the world. As the students mature, they will learn that all human life begins at conception and is made in the image of God. 

Grades PK-3

Grades PK, TK and Kindergarten Lesson Plan

It is natural to want the very best things for ourselves. But, the Gospel asks each of us to put the needs of others before our own. Students will explore generosity and selflessness in decisions large and small.

Grades PK-K Tuesday Life is a Gift Lesson Plan.pdf

Grades 1-3 Lesson Plan

It is natural to want the very best things for ourselves. But, the Gospel asks each of us to put the needs of others before our own. Students will explore generosity and selflessness in decisions large and small.

Grades 1-3 Tuesday Life is a Gift Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

A Little Boy Shares

3 minute animated video of the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

The Giving Tree

By Shel Silverstein

Animated Narration

5 minute narration of the book, The Giving Tree

Grades 4-6

Grades 4-6 Lesson Plan

It is natural to want the very best things for ourselves. But, the Gospel asks each of us to put the needs of others before our own. Students will explore generosity and selflessness in decisions large and small.

Grades 4-6 Tuesday Life is a Gift Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

Make-A-Wish Granted

2.5 minute video shares the story of Natalie Marsh-Welton, a young girl with a serious condition who, instead of asking for a trip to Disneyland or her own adventure, used her Make-A-Wish opportunity to feed the homeless. How did she become so generous?

Best Commercial Ever

3 minute video of a young man choosing to help others over anything else and the good that results in the world because of his selflessness. An insurance company commercial, but you won’t know it until the end.

Kindness Boomerang

5.5 minute video depicting the boomerang effect of kindness.

Grades 7-9

Grades 7-9 Lesson Plans

Today, ultrasound and high definition images of unborn babies allow us to experience the humanity of unborn children like never before. Loving and caring for children begins from the first moments of conception.

Grades 7-9 Tuesday Life is a Gift Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

When Does a Human Life Begin?

Excellent video that provides the scientific case for the fact that life begins at conception.

Baby Announcement

1 min video of a small boy’s reaction to his mother’s announcement that she is going to have a baby.

Grades 10-12

Grades 10-12 Student Handout

Today, with ultrasound and high definition images of unborn babies, it is hard to understand how people can still make the choice for abortion. Students will reflect on both sides of the issue and learn what is involved in the decision.

10-12 Handout – Abortion

Questions for Discussion

• What is the true power of sex?

• Why is sex separated from pregnancy and children in our culture? Who benefits from encouraging that separation?

• With all of the public evidence that abortion directly kills unborn children, why do people continue to choose abortion or participate in abortion? What is the greater good that they appeal to that makes them feel abortion is acceptable?

• Is it possible to come up with a logical argument for giving pregnant women the absolute right to determine whether an unborn person lives or dies? Why or why not?

• Are there any instances of living humans whose lives should not be protected? Are there any lives that are not as valuable as others’? What about people in a coma? With a terminal disease? On death row? Who have committed serious crimes?

• Can we build a society that supports women and their children so that women will not want to choose abortion? What would that look like?

Resources

Catholic Social Teaching 101: Life and Dignity of the Human Person

3.5 min video provides overview of the Catholic position on life issues

Pro-Life

4 min video. Chris Stefanick provides perspective on this generation’s commitment to being pro-life and overturning abortion.

Photography of human fetal development

3 minute video uses photography of fertilization
and growth of an embryo
and fetus.

I am Human, I have a right to life

Every human, no matter their circumstances, has value, and the right to life.

There is no equivalence

Article by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia discusses the foundational principle of the right to life and its place as the primary social justice issue.

Pro-Life Answers

Comprehensive article against abortion from Abby Johnson.

When Does a Human Life Begin?

6 min video provides the scientific case for the fact that life begins at conception.

People Make Difficult Decisions in Life

Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood executive, offers a unique perspective and resources for making difficult choices for life.

What I Wish Women Knew About Plan B

One woman shares her experience of taking Plan B in college and only later understanding what it really meant.

What to Say To a Friend Considering Abortion

Blog post offers practical advice for helping a friend who is considering an abortion.

I was Betrayed: My Abortion Story

Blog post shares Marie’s story, and she explains how abortion and its supporters betray women.

Body Inside My Body

Humorous 1 min video highlights the absurdity of the slogan “my body, my choice.”

The Magical Birth Canal

Humorous 1 min video criticizes the idea that a baby only has human rights outside the womb.

Open Your Eyes. Pro-Life Feminists Are Everywhere.

CNN article by Helen Alvaré cites the growing contributions by pro-life feminists in politics, academia and media

The Lazy Slander of the Pro-Life Cause

Academic article shows evidence contrary to the idea that pro-lifers do not care about women.

Karen Gaffney, OneLife LA

13 minute video of Karen Gaffney, a woman with Down Syndrome, an accomplished swimmer and president of a non-profit who knows that people with disabilities are “made for greater” and just as valuable as everyone else.

The Unexpected Gift

An inspiring 6 minute video of a young woman who found herself pregnant in high school and courageously chose to give life to her son in the midst of receiving an adverse pre-natal diagnosis.

Abortion: From Controversy to Civility — Talks at Google

1 hour video. Stephanie Gray invites the audience to be “pro-conversation” on a topic that can be one of the most divisive, and demonstrates that it is possible to be gracious and respectful when encountering different ideas.

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