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Teaching End-of-Life Issues in the Classroom

For many people death can be a difficult topic to discuss. The challenge for educators is to provide children with a variety of strategies that allow them to discuss openly the issues surrounding death and dying. To do so effectively requires sensitivity, courage, and the creation of a classroom climate where children feel comfortable discussing their feelings. These lessons were created to provide teachers with multiple entry points for dealing with children's experiences of death, dying and the afterlife.

The following lessons will be useful in helping children deal with the death or illness of a family member, friend, or pet, as well as media-reported deaths, including those of public figures and victims of mass tragedies.

teachers guide elementary k-5 lesson

"Defining and Discussing Death"

The purpose of this lesson is to develop an awareness of the kinds of losses that one may experience as a human being, and the different ways in which one may deal with them. In this lesson, students will participate in an imaginary scenario that involves different ways to both confront and talk about issues surrounding death. The students will also write a letter expressing their emotions to a person or a pet who has died.

teachers guide grades 6-12 lesson

"Understanding Different Views on Death"

The purpose of this lesson is to develop an understanding of the variety of ways in which people deal with death, how both children and teenagers come to understand death, how death is portrayed in the media and popular culture, and the importance of expressing emotions surrounding death and dying. In this lesson the students will research various grass roots movements that have arisen around death and dying, and write a letter to a person or a pet that has died.

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In this guide you'll also find some tips and strategies for using "With Eyes Open"--the program in your classroom. Teachers may tape "With Eyes Open" and use the videotape for educational purposes for up to ten days after the broadcast. To purchase the tape, visit Films for the Humanities & Sciences at www.films.com or call: 1 (800) 257-5126.

For Ideas for Parents, click here.
Suggestions on how to use books to create a comfortable setting in which to initiate conversations with your entire family.

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