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 Respect Life Week 2014

 Grades 7-9

 ​Monday, October 6

Theme:  God's Grace is Enough
Topic:  Forgiveness and Mercy
Discipline:  Whole School

Overview:  Discussion at all grade levels about the role of forgiveness in our lives, about past choices and consequences, and about the benefits of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Additional Student/Classroom Resources

“Your Grace is Enough” acoustic  Matt Maher  4.5 minutes.  Great for all ages.  Good for reflection time. 

“Your Grace is Enough” video with lyrics  4.25 minutes.  Good for sing-along or use at Mass.  

“You’re Dead. Now What?”  ​​​Lighthearted video that discusses heaven, hell and purgatory.  Good discussion starter on mercy and forgiveness. 3.5 minutes.

Story of woman caught in adultery​ John 8:1-11  worksheets 

The Power of Confession​:   8 minutes.  Why do we go?  What is it for?  What good does it do?  

The Power of Confession lesson with questions for discussion and catechism tie-in.

Forgiveness is Waiting for You​  8 tips for an awesome confession.  Article.​

Tuesday, October 7

Theme:  We Cannot Separate from God's Mercy
Topic:  Post-abortion Healing
Discipline:  Religion

Overview: Students will learn about the difficult choices facing a woman in an unintended pregnancy.  They will confront personal testimonies to hear what why women chose what they did and what effect that has had on them.

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

My 21st Birthday Changed My Life Forever​ Raquel Kato’s positive story of how and why she chose life for her baby and what it has meant since.  3 minutes. 

Why Bring a Child Into the World?​  Video with parents from around the world talking about the great courage it takes to have a baby when the world is apparently filled with problems.  Very positive and life-affirming.​ 4.5 minutes.

Imaging Life if I Had Chosen Abortion​ Darby's story of becoming a 16 year old mom who reflects on what life would be like now had she chosen abortion instead.  Positive and powerful. 3 minutes. ​

Brianna's Story, 3 minute video of Brianna's choice to parent her child after finding resources that supported her and provided her with the practical resources she needed.

Jessica's Story​, 6 minute video of Jessica's choice to place her daughter with a loving adoptive family.  Jessica is able to see her daughter, Macy, and be involved in her life.​

Carrie's Story​, 4 minute video of a woman who had an abortion in college and has healed years later, learning the effects her abortion had on the rest of her life.​

This is the Generation that’s Going to End It:  Chris Stefanick talks about the effects of abortion and the great groundswell of support from today’s young people to stop abortion in their lifetimes.  4 minutes.

Know someone making a pregnancy decision​?  Connect with prolife pregnancy centers and clinics throughout Southern CA for free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and counseling.

Resources for women and men hurting from a past abortion:

Wednesday, October 8

Theme:  Slaves Among Us
Topic:  Human Trafficking
Discipline:  Social Studies/History

Overview:  Students will learn about the growing problem of human trafficking, both domestic and international. They will learn what trafficking victims experience, how to recognize the victimization of a modern-day slave, and how to keep themselves safe from predators.

Additional Student/Classroom Resources​

End It Movement​ 2 minute video introducing modern slavery as an extention of historical slavery.  Good conversation starter.​

Will You Join the Fight for Freedom?​  End It Movement invites young people to join the fight to save 27 million people from slavery.  3 minute video. ​   

Not My Life video produced by UNICEF.  32 minutes.  Incredibly moving video depicts the topic of human trafficking on a global scale.  Has an accompanying study guide​

Prayer card with prayer to St. Josephine Bakhita​, patron saint of slaves and trafficking victims.

Polaris Project offers links to local organizations that help survivors of trafficking.  They run a hotline.   ​

FOR TEACHERS:Stop-the-Demand.pdfStop-the-Demand.pdf document with background information, statistics, and follow-up resources illuminating the link between pornography and human sex trafficking.  Resources are not age appropriate but may be used as background for a teacher-led discussion.

FOR TEACHERS:  End Trafficking: A Middle School Educator’s Guide from Teach UNICEF​.  A comprehensive curriculum for teachers who wish to dig deeper into the topic.  Offers complete lesson plans with survivor stories, discussion questions, and action suggestions. ​ Beyond the scope of study for Respect Life Week, but may be of interest to teachers later in the year for further study.

FOR TEACHERS: Website with teaching materials for all grade levels on internet safety and keeping kids safe from traffickers.  Includes handouts, exercise suggestions and online resources.  From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  

FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS:  Project iGuardian​ offers practical solutions for teens, parents, and educators for keeping kids safe from online sexual predators.  Online resources as well as information on booking school presentations and a local tipline.  Created by Department of Homeland Security.  

FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS:  Why I Stopped Watching Porn​ Ted Talk from international educator on the link between porn and human trafficking with eye-opening insights into the destructive effects of porn, particularly on youth.  Contains EXPLICIT language.  This video does NOT portray Catholic sexual teaching, but it is helpful information for parents and educators. ​

FOR PARENTS:  Covenant Eyes​ internet accountability and tracking software for purchase that can help keep kids safe from pornography online.

Thursday, October 9

Theme:  My Life is in Your Hands
Topic:  Depression/Addiction/Suicide
Discipline:  Science

Overview:  Students will learn about depression, addiction, and suicide as life issues, from the perspective of faith.  They will explore the understanding that God has a plan for each person, and that our responsibility is to respond with respect for ourselves.  These topics are sensitive and will be covered with clarity and compassion.

Additional Student/Classroom Resources​​

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir sings My Life is In Your Hands​, 6 minutes.

How to be Courageous  Justin Fatica shares using God’s love to make us overcome our fears.  3.5 minutes  

Dealing with Addiction  Justin shares the positive attitude that helped him overcome his addiction.  Focus on others and God to help us overcome addiction.  5 minutes.   Hard as Nails Ministry Facebook 

The love of Jesus and the power of the confessional overcomes the horrible reality of suicide. Hear Francesca share from Ireland her experience of planning, plotting, and eventually confessing her suicide at age 15.  6.5 minutes.  

Stories from Chiara, a young woman who suffered with eating disorders and self-harm but has sought help and offers insights for teens on how they can stop the self-destructive cycle.  

Catholic wisdom from young women who have suffered abuse​, to help with the healing.  ​ 

Videos from former addicts on addiction from a wide variety of drugs.  Each video is approx. 8-9 minutes. Highlight prescription drug use and marijuana​.​

TeenBreaks​ offers information and hotline and other resources for teens dealing with issues such as abuse, self-injury, pregnancy or suicide.  Good information and testimonials from other teens.  All with hotline support.

NDA website for teens with facts on common drugs.​

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline​ offers a hotline and online guidance for anyone suffering from depression or having thoughts of suicide.​ ​

FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS: information on Teen Depression and Suicide.  Good resource for parents and educators to understand symptoms and warning signs and know how to help.  ​


Friday, October 10

Theme:  The Power of Home
Topic:  Adoption and Foster Care
Discipline:  English/Language Arts

Overview:  Students will learn about the number of infants and children available for adoption or in the foster care system.  They will explore adoption as a loving option for unexpected pregnancies. Activities and personal testimonies will reinforce the need of each person to have stability, love, and family.  They will be presented with practical opportunities to help kids find homes and/or mentors.

Additional Student/Classroom Resources

Jessica's Story​ of being a birthmom and placing her child for adoption with a loving home.  Jessica is an important part of her daughter Macy's life and her new adoptive family.

iChoose Adoption stories of birthmoms who chose to place their children for adoption.  Miranda's story, 1 minute.  Cristen's story, 1 minute.  Angela​'s story, 6 minutes.

College student Callie Mitchell​'s story of placing her son Leo in an open adoption.  NBC Rock Center story.  7.5 minutes.

I Like Adoption  Video about a family who adopted nine children from around the world, several of whom have special needs.  Very positive.  6.5 minutes

Generation Black: Veronica's story of adopting 3 boys​ in foster care.  Heartwarming and fun, this is a look at the difference one person can make in the lives of so many others.  9 minutes.

The Dropbox is an amazing idea one man created in South Korea to care for that nation's unwanted babies.  3 minutes.  Watch video of the team that cares for these children and the great fun they have together.  2.5 minutes each.  Day 1; Day 2; Day 3​; Day 4​

Adopted and Loved  Great website with resources and information for birth moms and people looking to adopt.  

​​​​​​​​​​Wednesday's Child​ is a nonprofit started by Dave Thomas (Wendy's founder) partnering with Fox 11.  Each week they highlight a child in foster care in LA who is in need of a forever home.​ ​​​​​​

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