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LESSON ONE:            Planting Seeds of Hope
GRADE LEVEL:           Junior/Intermediate

Hope is rooted in the belief that more is possible, that justice and peace will prevail even if not in our own time.
To be a hopeful community is to trust that God's plan for God's people will be fulfilled in spite of all obstacles.

"If we live on in the divinely given and assured hope for the all-embracing kingdom of love and peace, then we
will always be concerned with the whole - with the victory of love, of justice, and of peace for everyone. Only
the gift of hope guaranteed by God can transform our many defeats and sufferings into signs of hope. This
guarantee takes us to the core of the theological virtue of hope, a virtue rooted above all in the paschal mystery
of Christ." The Virtues of an Authentic Life: A Celebration of Spiritual Maturity by Bernard Harring.

MATERIALS:             Book: The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland Pub. Harcourt, ISBN# 0-15-201483-7
                       Sherry Garland's book is an emotional tale of a Vietnamese family forced to flee from
                       their homeland to escape a devastating civil war. Set against a background of historical
                       events, "The Lotus Seed" thoughtfully portrays refugees who have adapted to a different
                       way of life in a new country without losing touch with their cultural heritage. This is a
                       story about hope and the continuity of family and culture.
                       Map of the World
                       Handout:        Lotus Flower paper

TIME FRAME:            1 x 40 minute Lesson

Language – Oral and Written                      Catholic Social Justice Teachings: Life and Dignity of the
Communication                                    Human Person The Catholic Church proclaims that human
Reading , OE 1, 2                                life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the
Writing, OE 1                                    foundation of a moral vision for society.
Drama OE 1
                                                 Rights and Responsibilities
                                                 The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be
                                                 protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if
                                                 human rights are protected and responsibilities are met.
                                                 Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a
                                                 right to those things required for human decency.

                                                 We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic,
                                                 economic, and ideological differences. Learning to practice the
                                                 virtue of solidarity means learning that “loving our neighbour”
                                                 has global dimensions in an interdependent world.
                                                 Religious Education Program:
                                                 Gr.8: Unit 1: Theme Four
                                                 Gr.7: Theme One
                                                 Gr. 6: Unit 3: Theme 9
                                                 Gr. 5: Unit 6: Theme 18
                                                 Gr. 4: Unit 9

LESSON ONE:     Planting Seeds of Hope
GRADE LEVEL:    Junior/Intermediate
                                         Fully Alive Program: Themes 4, 5
                                         Catholic Graduate Expectations:
                                         7(f) Respects and affirms the diversity and interdependence of
                                         the world’s peoples and cultures.
                                         See also: 1(d), 2(c), 6(a), 7(e), (g), (h)

                                         Learning Expectations:
                                         The students will:

                                             develop attitudes and values founded on Catholic social
                                             reflect on the dignity and worth of all people
                                             reflect on God’s word as communicated in the Bible
                                             read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of
                                              literary, graphic and informational texts, using a range
                                              of strategies to construct meaning
                                             analyse texts and explain how various elements in them
                                              contribute to meaning
                                             draft and revise their writing, using a variety of
                                              informational, literary, and graphic forms
                                             and stylistic elements appropriate for the purpose and
                                             generate, gather, and organize ideas and information
                                             create an accompaniment for a story, poem, or drama
                                             produce two- and three-dimensional works of art
                                             rehearse and perform small-group drama and dance
                                              presentations drawn from novels, poems, stories

                                         Before Reading:
                                         Discussion questions
                                         1.     Ask the students if they know of anyone who has
                                                emigrated to Canada?
                                                       What kinds of difficulties do you imagine they
                                                        might have had to overcome?
                                         2.     Do you have a favorite keepsake?
                                                       What is it?
                                                       Why is that your favorite?
                                         3.     What is one thing in your home that has special meaning
                                                to your family?
                                                       Why is it special?

                                         Show the students the cover of the book. Ask them where they
                                         think this story takes place?

LESSON ONE:              Planting Seeds of Hope
GRADE LEVEL:             Junior/Intermediate

                                                  Show Vietnam on a world map or have children look at the
                                                  pictures of Vietnam on this website.

Organizer: Use Lotus flower to jot down           After Reading Activity
ideas                                             Think/Pair/Share: Ask the students to jot down on the lotus
                                                  flower paper (see handout) the reasons why the lotus seed was
Bible stories:                                    so important to Ba. Ask the students how Ba was hope for her
Easter- Luke 24: 1-12,                            family? Discuss with students the meaning of HOPE – why is
                                                  hope important to us?
The people who walked in darkness have
seen a great light. - Isaiah 9: 1-7               What stories in the Bible do we know that teach us about hope?

Jesus Blesses Little Children                     Tell the story of the two disciples walking to Emmaus
- Matthew 19: 13-15                               (Luke 24:13-35)

The road to Emmaus - Luke 24:13-35                Discuss how they must have felt on their journey back to

                                                  Ask the students to write down how we can be “seeds of hope”
                                                  for each other?

                                                  Option #1: Writing: Interview a grandparent or other adult
                                                  who has emigrated to Canada and write a paragraph describing
                                                  their experience

                                                  Option #2: Drama: Create a scene depicting someone leaving
                                                  their native homeland. Include props to show what they would
                                                  take with them and express how they may have felt when they
                                                  arrived in Canada?

                                                  Option #3:
Write quote Pope John XXIII on bb                 Large group: “Consult not your fears but your hopes and
                                                  dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your
                                                  unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried
                                                  and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do.”
                                                  - (Pope John XXIII)

                                                  Personal and Group Reflections
                                                  Personal Reflections:
                                                  1.    What are the signs of hope that you see in your day-to-
                                                        day experience of school life
                                                  2.    How have you been a sign of hope for others?

LESSON ONE:             Planting Seeds of Hope
GRADE LEVEL:            Junior/Intermediate

                                                 Small Group Reflection:
                                                 1.    In the face of situations that may have contributed to a
                                                       sense of despair, how have you seen a sense of hope
                                                       instilled in others? Give concrete examples (e.g.
                                                       outreach to those in need or care for the sick).

                                                 After cutting 6x6 or 8x8 inch squares of fabric, distribute a
                                                 square to each student. Ask each student to draw or paint (use
                                                 fabric paints, permanent marker, fabric crayons, etc.) on the
                                                 fabric. Illustrate a family celebration or a special family
                                                 keepsake. Sew the squares together to make a quilt. Alternately,
                                                 use paper and piece together as a mural in the classroom.

How I will change the lesson to meet the needs of individual students?

 Peer tutor/ Partner          Increase/decrease time       Manipulatives
 Oral Explanation             Include visuals              Extend

How will I know when my students are successful?

 Anecdotal Notes              Peer/Self Assessment         Checklist
 Rubric                       Oral Reports                 Rating Scale
 Interview/Conference         Include Visuals              Extend

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