Love and Mercy Teacher’s Guide: The Story of Salvation


This full-color teacher’s guide features 12 ready-to-use lesson plans that will bring vividly to life the limitless of God’s mercy throughout Salvation History, while showing young people how to integrate the corporal and spiritual works of mercy into everything they believe and do as Catholics.

Each self-contained lesson is teacher-written, classroom-tested, and scholar-reviewed, and provides an easier and more effective way to engage your students with God’s mercy.

To help you differentiate instruction, this guide includes lessons at three grade levels. Each lesson is clearly marked with an intended audience and reading level. Based on the students you have from class to class and year to year, you can decide which resources to use with which students.

Each lesson is designed in a flexible, modular format, and includes:

Connections to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Learning goals and connections to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Biblical touchstones
Comprehension and critical thinking questions
Warm-up / bell work
Main activity such as primary source analysis, role-playing, structured debate, and many others
Homework and extension options
Bulletin Board extension options for elementary lessons
The veteran schoolteachers who wrote the twelve lessons included here know firsthand your needs in the classroom. Even the layflat binding makes it easy for you to photocopy all the provided handouts and activities. Lessons include:

Unit One: God’s Mercy Revealed in Salvation History

Lesson 1: Understanding Mercy and Covenants
Lesson 2: God’s Mercy Revealed in the Covenant with Adam
Lesson 3: God’s Mercy in the Covenant with Noah
Lesson 4: The Plan of Mercy Inaugurated: The Covenant with Abraham
Lesson 5: God’s Mercy Tested: The Covenant with Moses
Lesson 6: God’s Mercy Persists: The Covenant with David
Lesson 7: God’s Plan for Mercy Comes to Fulfillment: The New Covenant in Christ

Unit Two: Experiencing and Living Mercy

Lesson 8: Exploring the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy with Sacred Art
Lesson 9: Introduction to the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy
Lesson 10: Jesus Teaches us How to Live the Works of Mercy
Lesson 11: Mercy’s Work of Showing God’s Love
Lesson 12: Saints of Mercy
Appendix B: Teacher Toolkit: Special Projects for Entering into the Story of Salvation

Includes 20 Saint Cards with short, engaging biographies of:

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
St. Bernadette
St. Catherine of Siena
St. Peter Claver
Servant of God Dorothy Day
St. Vincent de Paul
Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
St. Faustina
St. Ignatius of Loyola
Pope St. John Paul II
St. Maximilian Kolbe
St. Maria Goretti
St. Martin of Tours
Mary, Mother of Mercy
St. Peter Nalasco
St. Teresa of Avila
St. Therese of Lisieux
Bl. Miguel Pro
St. John Vianney
St. Francis Xavier

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