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Teach Children About the Cardinal Virtue of  Fortitude.

Use this 31-page unit study to help children learn about and understand the cardinal virtue of fortitude, what it means, why it is important, and how to practice it.

This lesson incorporates the following information:
Theme: God Wants Us to Be Strong.
Gospel: Matthew 14:24-33
Miracle: Jesus Walks on Water.
Saint: St. Joan of Arc

Everything you need to deliver a CCD or Religious Ed lesson on fortitude is included in this packet. These materials could also be used for home catechesis or a Sunday school class as well.

Lesson Materials

That Virtue Lesson on Fortitude Student Packet

A core lesson sheet is provided, which explains the virtue fortitude in a simple yet thorough way. The miracle of Christ walking on the water from Matthew 14:24-33 is featured in this lesson as Jesus shows the importance of being brave and having courage. The scripture passage is included in the packet. Additional printables are included for scripture study, Saint study, lesson reinforcement and fact recall; they include a Fill-in-the-Faces worksheet, a graphic organizer activity, a lesson based cloze activity that reiterates the main paragraph from the student lesson sheet and more. Discussion activities and practical applications are also provided.

That Virtue Lesson on Fortitude Teacher Guide

The teacher guide includes a cover sheet, a copy of all student content, a detailed lesson plan, and an answer key.

Lesson Extensions

Each liturgy lesson contains fun activities or extensions, which are found immediately following the lesson plan pages. One is based on creativity and the other on game play.

The Play to Learn Lesson Extension in this lesson is a thematic word search.

The Create to Learn Lesson Extensions in this lesson include the mini-book My Book About the Virtue of Fortitude. Children are also encouraged to decorate their lesson cover in a creative way, which is explained in the lesson plan.

Take Home Materials

Although children may take home all of their lesson sheets and creations, they should also have a tangible reminder of the virtue of temperance. The It's a Virtue! printable trading card features specific practical ways that children can be temperate in everyday living. The card is called, "How to Practice the Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude."

Age: Gr.2-5
Focus: Virtue Study
Theme: Fortitude, St. Joan of Arc, Christ Walks on the Sea
Gospel Reference: Matthew 14:24-33



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