Resilience Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Sailus

Chris has an M.A. in history and taught university and high school history.

In this lesson, students learn about resilience before participating in several group discussions where they identify components in their own life that will help build resilience and discuss their answers and those of their classmates.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the basic steps necessary to build resilience.
  • Identify these components in their own life and understand how to build resilience.


1 hour

Curriculum Standards


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.


  • Have students read the lesson How to Build Resilience.
  • Instruct students to read until they reach the 'Tools for Resilience' heading. Hold a short class discussion to ensure students understand what resilience is. Example discussion questions include:
    • In what situations might resilience be a valued asset? What would resilience in that situation look like?
    • Can you identify any times where you or someone you know has demonstrated resilience?
  • Have students finish reading the lesson.
  • Have students take the quiz.
  • Go over the answers in class, and answer any questions students may have.

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