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Grade 4

Core Lesson Plan

HDC Grade 4 features a deeper analysis of the nature of human dignity as students are introduced to its main characteristics of being universal, intrinsic, and inalienable. Students will also revisit familiar concepts in a new light. Concepts like emotions are taught in relation to being automatic and temporary and how understanding this will allow a better use of one’s powers to think and choose. As students become more socially active and aware at this stage, the power of culture and art are tackled in HDC Grade 4. Freedom for excellence, defined as the ability to choose what is good in the long run, is an essential lesson in this module as it ties in succeeding classes on solidarity, friendship, and love.

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: The Hierarchy

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

Lesson 3A

Animals & Humans: Power to Use Internal 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: 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 of Culture

The purpose of this lesson is to teach the value of art as not only a means of expression but a manifestation of culture.

Lesson 4B

Humans: Power to Think

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

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Lesson 4C

Humans: Freedom & Power to Choose

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

Lesson 5A

Me: Choosing for Myself

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

Lesson 5B

Me: Choosing for My Body

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

Lesson 6A

Me & Others: Self-Gift in Solidarity

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

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Lesson 6B

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 6C

Me & Others: Love

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

Lesson 7A

Humans: Heroes

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

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Lesson 7B

The Hero’s Charter

To commit to a daily practice of excellence.

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