Lesson Plan

The Forgiveness Garden

Resolving conflicts and forgiving others is a powerful lesson in the story "The Forgiveness Garden." In this lesson, students will read the story, discuss conflict resolution, and practice forgiveness tools.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to define "conflict resolution" and discuss the role forgiveness plays in practicing conflict resolution.


(10 minutes)
  • Join students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Pair students up into partners.
  • Explain that today the class will be discussing forgiveness.
  • Ask the class to take a moment and think about what forgiveness means (give them 30–60 seconds).
  • Ask students to share with a partner what forgiveness means to them.
  • Ask the class for volunteers to share what forgiveness means aloud to the class.
  • Explain to the class that today they will be hearing the true story The Forgiveness Garden and learning about conflict resolution.