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Overcoming Differences

God makes each person special—a unique creation whom He planned from the beginning of time. God does not make mistakes. In our world, it is so important that we learn to respect the dignity of every human person, no matter our differences. Unfortunately, people with disabilities experience a great amount of discrimination, including bullying. People with disabilities deserve the same love and support as everyone else. God has a special plan for every single person, no matter what our abilities.

Grades PK-3

PK, TK & Kinder Lesson Plan

Students should be able to recognize the image of God present in each of us. They should be able to honor the sacredness and uniqueness of each human person. Lastly, they should be able to demonstrate that racism exists and that it is wrong.

Grades PK-K Overcoming Differences.pdf

Grades 1-3 Lesson Plan

Students should be able to recognize the image of God present in each of us. They should
be able to honor the sacredness and uniqueness of each human person. Lastly, they should
be able to demonstrate that racism exists and that it is wrong.

Grades 1-3 Overcoming Differences.pdf

Resources

“God’s Children of the World” slideshow. 

Grades 4-6

Grades 4-6 Lesson Plan

Students will learn to recognize that the unity of humanity—in all its diversity—is rooted in our union with God. The Beatitudes show us how to treat one another based on our dignity as human persons.

Students will start to understand the concept of social sin as it relates to injustice in the world. They will celebrate the diversity of God’s family as expressed in liturgical celebrations by various cultures and identify as problematic the failure to represent the diversity of God’s family in the predominant culture

Grades 4-6 Overcoming Differences.pdf

Resources

Read: Revelation 7:9-10

As homework prior to this lesson, have students research what percentages of various
ethnic groups make up the Church in the U.S. (or in the Archdiocese or New York City).

Watch/Discuss:
• Eucharistic Liturgy being celebrated in another culture. Some ideas: North India; Mexico; Togo;
African heritage Mass in Brooklyn

Summarize or read excerpts from the article, “For Young Latino Readers, an Image is Missing.

Grades 7-9

For more lessons on Overcoming Differences see the USSCB Ad Hoc Committee against Racism

Grades 10-12

For more lessons on Overcoming Differences see the USSCB Ad Hoc Committee against Racism

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