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Core Lesson Plan

HDC Grade 1 begins with establishing the definition of human dignity. Aside from distinguishing living beings from non-living beings, Grade 1 also explores the five main senses in depth through interactive exercises. Students then explore the three internal senses (memory, imagination, and instinct) that will help distinguish animals and humans from plants. These pre-empt a discussion on the power of emotions to be complimented by the power to think and choose in a way that respects their and others’ human dignity. The course also encourages students to become like heroes through featuring stories of ordinary human beings who have done heroic acts. The path towards heroism is then paved through lessons on excellent choices regarding one’s body and self through friendships.

Lesson 1

The Human Person: Human Dignity

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce human dignity as our special value as human persons.

Lesson 2

All Living Beings: Powers to Eat, Grow, Reproduce

The purpose of this lesson is to establish the hierarchy of living beings.

Lesson 3A

Animals & Humans: Our Five Senses

The purpose of this lesson is to distinguish animals and humans from plants with their power to use internal senses.

Lesson 3B

Animals & Humans: Three New Senses

The purpose of this lesson is to distinguish animals and humans from plants because of their power to use senses according to reason.

Lesson 3C

Animals & Humans: Power to Feel Emotions

The purpose of this lesson is to distinguish animals and humans from plants because of their power to feel emotions

Lesson 4A

Humans: Power to Think

The purpose of this lesson is to distinguish humans from other living beings with their power to think.

Lesson 4B

Humans: Power to Choose

The purpose of this lesson is to distinguish humans from other living beings with their power to choose.

Lesson 5

Humans: Heroes

To place students on the path of aspiring toward heroic excellence.

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Lesson 6A

Me: Choosing for My Body

The purpose of this lesson is to prepare students to make excellent decisions regarding their body.

Lesson 6B

Me: Choosing for Myself

The purpose of this lesson is to prepare students to make excellent decisions regarding their whole person.

Lesson 7A

Me & Others: Solidarity

The purpose of this lesson is to highlight that there is an intrinsic social element to our humanity.

Lesson 7B

Me & Others: Self-Gift

The purpose of this lesson is to highlight love as the gift of a self to another in accordance with their dignity.

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Lesson 7C

Me & Others: Choices in Friendship & at School

The purpose of this lesson is to highlight how friendships can aid in our quest for human excellence.

Lesson 8

The Hero's Charter

To commit to a daily practice of excellence.

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