Why do people forgive?

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  1. Download and read the Why do people forgive? – Instructions document.
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  3. Please note that the lesson plans should be delivered in sequence.
Students will be able to:
  • explain why people choose to forgive others
  • describe the personal experiences of two individuals and their journeys towards forgiveness
  • explain how compassion and empathy can affect people’s actions
  • differentiate between cycles of revenge and forgiveness
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Lesson Plans
Lesson 1: The impact of forgiveness
Lesson objectives:

  1. To be able to explain why people choose to forgive others.
  2. To be able to explain the personal experience of an individual and their journey towards forgiveness.
Key vocabulary: condone, justification, forgive, contemplation, vengeance.
Mary Foley’s story:
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Lesson 2: Can compassion for an offender influence your decision to forgive?
Lesson objectives:

  1. To be able to explain a personal experience of forgiveness.
  2. To be able to explain how empathy and compassion can influence people’s actions.
Key vocabulary: empathy, compassion.
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Lesson 3: A cycle of forgiveness
Lesson objectives:

  1. To be able to explain the key experiences of someone’s journey towards forgiveness.
  2. To be able to explain the cycles of forgiveness and revenge.
Key vocabulary: remorse, empathy, pardon, revenge.
Barry Mizen’s story:
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