January 12, 2021

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 goal in mind, we commissioned a six-part curriculum, written by master Jewish educators Joel Lurie Grishaver and Ira J. Wise, on the topic of teaching civil discourse. This curriculum includes material appropriate for Grades 6 and 7, Grades 8 to 10, and Grade 11 to adult learners.

Each lesson is available for free download here on our website.

Explore these lessons 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

Download the full Civil Discourse Curriculum


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UNIT 1—Civil Discourse

Lesson Plans for Grades 6 and 7, Grades 8 to 10, and Grade 11 to Adult


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UNIT 2—How to Argue

Lesson Plans for Grades 6 and 7 and Grade 8 to Adult


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UNIT 3—Why Are We Arguing?

Lesson Plans for Grades 6 and 7, Grades 8 to 10, and Grade 11 to Adult


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UNIT 4—Both Are the Words of the Living God

Lesson Plans for Grades 6 and 7, Grades 8 to 10, and Grade 11 to Adult


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UNIT 5—Anger Management

Lesson Plans for Grades 6 to 10 and Grade 11 to Adult


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UNIT 6—It’s NOT just HOW You Say It (truth matters.)

Lesson Plan for Grade 6 to Adult


Joel Lurie Grishaver is an author, a teacher, a spiritual counselor, and an artist. He is also the Creative Chairman of Torah Aura Productions, a publisher of books that help Jewish teachers create learning experiences in and out of the classroom. Grishaver lives in Los Angeles, California.

Ira J. Wise is Director of Education at Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He is also a teacher, an author, a mentor, an educational consultant, and a student of Joel Lurie Grishaver.