Forgiveness Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help you teach about the process of forgiveness. Students will read from a text about forgiveness, participate in a role-playing activity, and demonstrate their knowledge with a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define forgiveness
  • summarize the steps in the forgiveness process
  • apply what they have learned to real-life situations


45-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.


  • forgiveness
  • reconcile



  • Have students turn and talk to their neighbor about the meaning of the word forgiveness. Then ask pairs to share their ideas with the class.
  • Distribute copies of the What is Forgiveness? text lesson. Read as a class, pausing after the 'Forgiveness' section.
    • Assign a 5-minute quick write: Ask students to fold a sheet of paper in half. On one side, they should write what forgiveness is; on the other side, what forgiveness is not. After the quick write, divide students into small groups to discuss and add to their notes.
  • Read the remainder of the lesson.
  • Have students cut a piece of paper into 6 even pieces and staple together to create a mini-book. The book should include the 6 steps of forgiveness and examples to remind students what completion of each step looks like.
  • Have students complete the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.

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