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Lesson Plans

Catholic Cemeteries offers lesson plans for students in grades 8 to 12. These lesson plans were developed by a high school teacher and are designed to incorporate the components of the Catholic Core Curriculum for each of the grade levels. We encourage teachers to review and incorporate them into religion class and help educate students on end-of-life issues. Teachers can also follow up with a scheduled field trip to a Catholic Cemetery.

Please contact Terry Whiteley at 604-531-2141 or via email at twhiteley@rccav.org to book a field trip.

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Grade 8

New Life After Death

Purpose:

To relate our own suffering and redemption to Christ’s paschal mystery.

Lesson Focus:
It is intended that students will...
  • Explain how Joseph’s suffering and redemption foreshadows Christ’s Paschal Mystery.
  • Relate the pattern of death and resurrection to their own lives, both spiritually and physically.

Grade 9

Ash Wednesday

Purpose:

To discover the rich symbolism of Ash Wednesday, and understand its biblical roots.

Lesson Focus:
It is intended that students will...
  • Articulate why we wear ashes on Ash Wednesday.
  • Connect their Lenten sacrifice with the meaning of ashes on Ash Wednesday.

Grade 10

Does Suffering Have Meaning?

Purpose:

To explore Catholic teaching on the purpose and meaning of suffering.

Lesson Focus:
It is intended that students will...
  • Discover that suffering has meaning and irreplaceable value.
  • Critically engage with different views on suffering, and their ethical ramifications.

Grade 11

Secularism and the Church

Purpose:

To explore the origins of secular humanism, and the threat that it poses to human dignity (in life and at death).

Lesson Focus:
It is intended that students will...
  • Connect present-day offences to human dignity with their philosophical roots in the Age of Enlightenment.
  • Discover that a culture’s funeral rituals reveal the essence of a culture’s worldview.

Grade 12

The Value of Human Life

Purpose:

To stimulate student interest in the value and dignity of the human person.

Lesson Focus:
It is intended that students will...
  • Develop an interest and curiosity in the value of human life.
  • Critically engage with different worldviews pertaining to human dignity.

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