Have you ever been hurt and had a hard time forgiving the person who harmed you? In this resource, the students will read a short story about two kids in a situation just like this.

After reading the story, students will discuss when and why it is difficult to forgive someone who harmed you, and why and when it is essential to push yourself to do so. This lesson can be paired nicely with the Jewish Education by Design lesson titled Reconciliation, in which learners will study a Jewish text about the importance of forgiveness.

The learner will:

  1. understand why and how forgiveness is important for both the person apologizing as well as the person that was wronged

  2. know that Jewish tradition encourages and values forgiving one another

  3. be able to write about a time when they encountered the challenge of forgiving another or asking for forgiveness and what they learned from that experience.

When you click on the Jewish Education by Design resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:

  1. Essential questions that get to the “heart” of the learning

  2. A hook/s to open the lesson in an engaging fashion and spark the learners’ curiosity

  3. In depth discussion questions that are designed to elicit conceptual thinking and personal reflections about the featured source/s

  4. Suggested activities that enable the students to both process and apply what was learned in a thought provoking and creative fashion

A further study option/s to related materials on the JEBD site or to external links

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