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Our Virtue Lesson About Courage

A Unit Study to Help Young Catholics Learn About Being Courageous

The Lesson

This lesson celebrates the virtue of courage and is intended to help Catholic kids practice and live their faith in a real way. It is designed to be used daily, over the course of a month. With a weekly core lesson, daily reinforcement with scripture discussions, prayer, and the incentive progress sheets, children learn quickly how to recognize and begin practicing the virtue of courage. Additional worksheets and activities extend the learning fun.

This unit focuses on topics such as fortitude is the gift of the Holy Spirit, Guardian Angels, social justice, and ways to ease fear.

Unit Summary

Grade Level:  K-6
Age:  6-10
Focus:  Virtue Lesson Unit Study
Theme:  Courage (Fortitude)

Step 1. Download the Lesson Packet

This small packet contains the teacher info as well as the main lesson and activity sheets needed for students.

Step 2. Download the Support Materials

With a goal of training young learners to develop habits to form and live virtuous lives, we focus on the virtue of courage also called fortitude. This unit study helps to meet this goal by incorporating a variety of fun and engaging components. Each is listed below along with additional support materials to accompany and extend each lesson component.

 

Aesop’s Fables Materials

 

Aesop’s Fables provide simple but effective use of short stories to teach morality.

 
This unit study incorporates the use of moral tales. These short fables by Aesop highlight the work of Milo Winter, and they are used in weeks two and three of this unit study. This resource has an over-sized text and a color image, which make it appealing to young readers. Excellent discussions can occur with such simple stories. Sometimes the stories selected can fit into other virtues as well as the one presented. Feel free to use them repeatedly.

Although most morals are relatively clear-cut, there are a few stories that require thought as to their selection and inclusion in this unit study. Sometimes it is because they provide a positive example of the highlighted virtue, other times it is because they are a negative or contrary example of the virtue. Having older learners come up with a reason for why the fable was selected is a great exercise and can even be turned into a simple writing assignment. Writing paper featuring the thematic image for this particular virtue is provided. For younger students, trace copywork reiterating the moral is offered in both print and cursive styles for reinforcement.

Some of the materials below are already included in the unit study, while others are just fun additions.
 

Download the Aesop Materials Below.

 

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Aesop's Fable: The Sheep and the Pig
Enjoy a printable version of this timeless fable from Aesop designed to help teach lessons in virtuous behavior and morality.  This resource has over-sized text and a color image, which make it appealing to young readers. Aesop's Fable: The Sheep and...
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Aesop Copywork Set for the Sheep and the Pig
Aesop Copywork Set for the Sheep and the Pig
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Sheep and the Pig.   Find two copywork sheets in this set. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. Generous writing area has been provided as well as an image to accompany the...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 1
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 1
Set 1 of Aesop's Fables Montessori Cards Playing, reading and moral training don't usually go together, but they do in the case of our Aesop's Fables Montessori cards. Use these cards to help children explore, ponder, and remember all the great moral...
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Aesop's Fable: The Lion, the Ass, and the Fox
Enjoy a printable version of this timeless fable from Aesop designed to help teach a lesson a in virtuous behavior and morality.  This resource has over-sized text and a color image, which make it appealing to young readers. Aesop's Fable: The Lion,...
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Aesop Copywork Set for the Lion, the Ass, and the Fox
Aesop Copywork Set for the Lion, the Ass, and the Fox
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Lion, the Ass, and the Fox.   Find two copywork sheets in this set. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. Generous writing area has been provided as well as an image to accompany...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 17
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 17
Set 17 of Aesop's Fables Montessori Cards Playing, reading and moral training don't usually go together, but they do in the case of our Aesop's Fables Montessori cards. Use these cards to help children explore, ponder, and remember all the great moral...
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Scripture Suggestions for the Virtue of Courage

“For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he spoke with them, and said to them: Have a good heart, it is I, fear ye not.” – Mark 6:50

“Take courage therefore, and be very valiant: that thou mayst observe and do all the law, which Moses my servant hath commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayst understand all things which thou dost.” – Joshua 1:7

“I can do all these things in him who strengtheneth me.” – Philippians 4:13

“Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.” – Romans 12:21

Additional Passages:

Deuteronomy 31:7
Joshua 1:9
Psalm 23:1-6
Isaiah 41:10
1 Maccabees 2:64
Mark 6:50
John 16:33
1 Corinthians 16:13
Philippians 2:12-14

The quotes and references provided above are taken from the Douay-Rheims version of the Holy Bible.

Ideas for Studying Scripture Using This Unit Study

Choose a favorite scripture passage about courage and bravery from your own collection or the selection above to discuss with students.  You may wish to use a passage for copywork or handwriting practice. Writing Paper is provided featuring the thematic image for this particular virtue.

Alternately, students may be encouraged to study about the virtue of courage with a fun, hands-on activity F3 (Flip, Flap, Fold) Tab Booklet. Learners cut out tabbed pieces, arrange them in order, and staple to finish construction. Students can then write in the book. The scripture notation is written on the tabbed edge, and the body of the text is written on the piece. Children may copy a Bible verse presented by the teacher featuring this virtue, or they may give a narration of a favorite verse they may have studied previously.

This tabbed F3 piece can accommodate up to five different scripture passages. Versions are provided in black-and-white as well as color and feature the thematic image used throughout the unit study. Finished books can be glued into a notebook or blank F3 Folder.

Read our article with pictures on How to Assemble an F3 Bible Verse Piece.

F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Courage
F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Courage
Make Scripture Study About the Virtue of Courage a Hands-On Activity with Our Bible Verse F3 Piece.   This little F3 (Flip, Flap, Fold) Piece encourages Bible study about courage. Learners cut out tabbed pieces, arrange them in order, and staple...
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Virtue of Courage Writing Paper
Virtue of Courage Writing Paper
Writing Sheet Prompts Thoughts About Being Courageous.   This writing sheet has just the right amount of cuteness to draw young writers to share their thoughts about courage and bravery. This printable includes a black-and-white and color version...
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Reading Activities and The Book List

Select a book from the list below to read to or with your students to help them see some examples of this virtue in action. Each title incorporates or focuses on the virtue of courage in some way – either in the theme, plot or through a specific character. Some characters will provide a positive example of the virtue while other characters seem to lack the virtue at times.

Don’t forget that picture books are great for any age group and present ideas very clearly. Children can use the “Reading Log Bookmark” included in this unit to help them keep track of their reading.

Use the “Dr. Virtue’s Discussion Questions” cards included in the unit study to help learners make connections between the stories and the virtue being studied. Older learners may enjoy being led in a book discussion using the question cards as prompts. Alternately, cards may be dispensed to students to answer on their own as a writing assignment or proof of learning.

Some learners may enjoy doing a book report or review about a specific book. Use one of our fun templates below to guide young readers or new writers.

Look through the selection of reading suggestions below. Feel free to use other titles as well.

Picture Books That Can Teach About Courage

 
Doctor De Soto by William Steig
Brave Brush-tail Possum by Diane Redfield Massie
Franklin’s New Friend by Paulette Bourgeois
Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky
The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Courage of Sara Noble
 by Alice Dalgliesh
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Joan of Arc by Shana Corey
Franklin in the Dark by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark
 

Chapter Books That Can Teach About Courage

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Parables from Nature by Mrs. Alfred Gatty
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
 

Other Books That Can Teach About Courage

The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett

Download the Additional Reading Aids Below.

 

Virtue of Courage Reading Log Bookmark
Virtue of Courage Reading Log Bookmark
Help Young Catholics to Learn About Courage as They Track Their Reading Progress.   Young readers can easily keep track of the books they read with this fun bookmark that reinforces the virtue of courage. With each completed book or story, readers...
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Blank Simple Book Review for Beginners
Blank Simple Book Review for Beginners
Simple Book Review Helps Children Explore Reading and Sharing Their Opinions with Others Do you have a learner who likes giving their opinions about anything and everything? You could easily use that to your advantage with this simple book review. Using...
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Recipe Book Report
Recipe Book Report
Book Report Brings Smiles and Fun and Is a Fun Alternative to a Traditional Book Report Do you have a child who likes to cook? Are looking for something completely different to use to pick apart your child's favorite read? Look no further. This cool little...
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Blank Detailed Book Report
Blank Detailed Book Report
This Six-Page  Resource Is Ready Fun for Beginning Readers and Writers Many times when we think of book reports, we think of something cut and dry; perhaps something full of research, or something, dare I say, boring. Yikes!! You won't find anything...
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Saint Study

Saint study is important. This is why we have incorporated it into this unit study. Every saint uniquely encounters Christ.  From living simply to doing pious works, shepherding the Church to evangelizing to the nations, the saints followed a path to our Lord.  We, too, can follow a path to Christ by studying their lives. When kids learn about the holy heroes of the Faith, they can feel encouraged to grow in a variety of virtues, including courage (fortitude). Help children to better understand the virtue of courage by learning about St. Joan of Arc, the patron saint of France and soldiers. The What Can St. Joan of Arc Teach Me About Courage Worksheet is included in the lesson packet to help guide students on a simple study of this saint.
 

Below are some fun and creative ways to incorporate the study of St. Joan of Arc into this virtue lesson.

 

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St. Joan of Arc Cupcake Topper

Celebrate St. Joan of Arc!   Create a simple, quick cupcake topper to celebrate the life and sainthood...
St. Joan of Arc Saint Trading Card

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Help Young Catholics to Learn About St. Joan of Arc.   Encourage children to learn about this young,...
St. Joan of Arc Saint Party Pack

St. Joan of Arc Saint Party Pack

Create a Booth for an All Saints’ Day Party That Features St. Joan of Arc, the Patron Saint of Soldiers...
Saints and Symbols Match-Up Game (Female Saints)

Saints and Symbols Match-Up Game (Female Saints)

Encourage Children to Learn About the Saints. Help children learn some of the symbols of popular female...
Virtue of Courage Reading Log Bookmark

Virtue of Courage Reading Log Bookmark

Help Young Catholics to Learn About Courage as They Track Their Reading Progress.   Young readers...
What Can St. Joan of Arc Teach Us About Courage Notebooking Sheet

What Can St. Joan of Arc Teach Us About Courage Notebooking Sheet

Discover the Virtue of Courage by Studying About St. Joan of Arc.   Help children learn about tolerance...
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Feature St. Joan of Arc in Your Learning Environment.   This single sheet poster is perfect to use...
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That Virtue Lesson on Fortitude

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St. Joan of Arc Biography Sheet

Let's Learn About St. Joan of Arc. This sheet offers a color image of young St. Joan of Arc as well as...
St. Joan of Arc Saint Profile Sheet

St. Joan of Arc Saint Profile Sheet

Help Catholics Get to Know St. Joan of Arc This Saint Profile sheet is filled with many inspiring details...
St. Joan of Arc Word Search

St. Joan of Arc Word Search

Find Words That Teach About Brave Young St. Joan of Arc This puzzle focuses on words associated with...
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St. Joan of Arc Notebooking Sheet

St. Joan of Arc Notebooking Sheet

Explore the Life of Saint Joan of Arc Celebrate the life and Saintly virtues of Saint Joan of Arc with...
St. Joan of Arc Saint Biography Card

St. Joan of Arc Saint Biography Card

Encourage Young Catholics to Explore the Life of St. Joan of Arc With a unique image that gives some...
Saintly Symbols of St. Joan of Arc Coloring Sheet

Saintly Symbols of St. Joan of Arc Coloring Sheet

Help Children Learn the Symbols Associated with St. Joan of Arc This simple coloring sheet can help...
Build Your Faith Bingo Game

Build Your Faith Bingo Game

Play to Learn the Basics of the Catholic Faith with the Build Your Faith Bingo Game. This Build Your...
Syllable Symphony of Saints Bingo Game

Syllable Symphony of Saints Bingo Game

Play a Simple Bingo Style Game with a Twist to Help Children Learn About the Saints and Syllables at...

    See All of Our Resources About Courage

    Browse our entire collection of materials that incorporate the virtue of courage in some way. See individual materials from this virtue lesson as well as additional activities not found in the lesson.

     

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    Help Young Catholics Learn About Friendship with the A Good Friend Can Help Us To Be Brave Poster Set.   Decorate...
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    A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Courage

    Our A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Courage Can Help Kids Reflect on Being Courageous.   Invite children...
    Virtue of Courage Chart Set

    Virtue of Courage Chart Set

    Help Children Learn to be Courageous.   Use this progress incentive chart set featuring a young...
    Virtue of Courage Keytag Set

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    Encourage and Recognize the Courageous Behavior of Your Students. Consider using these Virtue of Courage...
    Virtue of Courage Word Search Worksheet

    Virtue of Courage Word Search Worksheet

    Use Word Fun to Reinforce the Virtue of Courage.   Help young Catholics to better understand the...
    Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Courage Worksheet

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    Prompt Young Catholics to Think About and Discuss the Virtue of Courage.   Help children recall...
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    Grow in the Virtue of Courage Prayer Worksheet

    Remind Young Catholics of Ways to Live Out the Virtue of Courage.   Help children to learn easy...
    Picture It - The Virtue of Courage Worksheet

    Picture It - The Virtue of Courage Worksheet

    Encourage Young Catholics to Explore the Virtue of Courage by Using Their Drawing Skills.   Help...
    I Can Be Courageous Cut-N-Paste Virtue Lesson Sheet

    I Can Be Courageous Cut-N-Paste Virtue Lesson Sheet

    Introduce Young Catholics to the Virtue of Courage.   Help children learn a simple, working definition...
    Mini-Book to Focus on the Virtue of Courage

    Mini-Book to Focus on the Virtue of Courage

    Assist Young Catholics in Learning About the Virtue of Courage by Creating a Mini-Book.   This little...
    Set the Scene Worksheet for the Virtue of Courage

    Set the Scene Worksheet for the Virtue of Courage

    Encourage Children to Creatively Express Their Understanding of the Virtue of Courage.   This worksheet...
    Virtue of Courage Achievement Certificate

    Virtue of Courage Achievement Certificate

    Acknowledge When Young Catholics Have Learned About the Virtue of Courage.   Give young students...
    Prayer Card for the Virtue of Courage

    Prayer Card for the Virtue of Courage

    Pray for the Virtue of Courage.   Help children develop the very useful habit of daily prayer as...
    Virtue of Courage Reading Log Bookmark

    Virtue of Courage Reading Log Bookmark

    Help Young Catholics to Learn About Courage as They Track Their Reading Progress.   Young readers...
    F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Courage

    F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Courage

    Make Scripture Study About the Virtue of Courage a Hands-On Activity with Our Bible Verse F3 Piece.   This...
    Call on Your Courage Coloring Sheet

    Call on Your Courage Coloring Sheet

    Help Young Catholics Learn About Courage.   This coloring sheet features a funky font and a cute...
    Call on Your Courage Poster

    Call on Your Courage Poster

    Help Reinforce the Virtue of Courage.   Decorate your classroom or teaching area with this poster...
    Virtue of Courage Writing Paper

    Virtue of Courage Writing Paper

    Writing Sheet Prompts Thoughts About Being Courageous.   This writing sheet has just the right amount...
    4 Cool Facts About the Virtue of Courage

    4 Cool Facts About the Virtue of Courage

    Help Young Catholics Learn About the Virtue of Courage.   Ask children to share any four facts they...
    How Can You Practice Courage Graphic Organizer

    How Can You Practice Courage Graphic Organizer

    Help Children Recall Ways to Show Courage. Use this graphic organizer worksheet to encourage children...
    Activities to Build Courage Worksheet

    Activities to Build Courage Worksheet

    Focus on Developing the Virtue of Courage in Children.   Use this check-off style worksheet to help...
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    What Can St. Joan of Arc Teach Us About Courage Notebooking Sheet

    Discover the Virtue of Courage by Studying About St. Joan of Arc.   Help children learn about tolerance...