February 28, 2019

Civilly Speaking: A Curriculum on Civil Discourse

As Jewish educators, it is our responsibility to bring more kind and empathetic discourse– and possibly more peace– to our classrooms and our world.

With that in mind, we’ve commissioned a 5- lesson curriculum, written by master Jewish educators Joel Lurie Grishaver and Ira J. Wise, on the topic of teaching civil discourse, with material appropriate for 6th/7th grades, 8-10th grades and 11th grade-adult students.

Each lesson will be shared free, here on our website.

Explore these lessons and others that will follow, and let us know if they bring a modicum of civility to your classrooms, and your worlds.

Civilly Speaking: A Curriculum on Civil Discourse
Photo by Zion Ozeri

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UNIT 1—Civil Discourse

Lesson plan for 6th – 10th Grades


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UNIT 2—How to Argue

Lesson plan for 6th – 10th Grades


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UNIT 3—Why Are We Arguing?

Lesson plan for 6th – 10th Grades


Joel Lurie Grishaver is an author, teacher, spiritual counselor, artist and the Creative Chairman of Torah Aura Productions, a publisher of books that help Jewish teachers create learning experiences in and out of the classroom. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. Ira J. Wise is Director of Education at Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT and also a teacher, author, mentor, educational consultant and Joel’s student.