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Stages of Grief Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What are the stages of grief and how do they play out in the face of grief? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain key facts about grief, while an activity gives students a chance to demonstrate what they've learned.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'grief'
  • distinguish between grief, bereavement, and mourning
  • summarize the Parkes/Bowlby Attachment Model of Bereavement
  • explain the differences between the stages of grief in children and adults

Length

1.5 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.5

Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).

Materials

  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson

Key Vocabulary

  • Grief
  • Bereavement
  • Mourning
  • The Parkes/Bowlby Attachment Model of Bereavement

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