Difficult and trying times can define the trajectory of a generation.  The COVID-19 pandemic and current civil unrest is one of those times.  While many feel discouraged, students can choose to rise.  In this lesson, you will lead your students through reflection, challenge and exhortation.  The goal is for them to have the opportunity to process, define and express their personal experience and find a “silver lining” and identify valuale life lessons for the future.


This lesson is adaptable for both Middle and High School grades, and is easily adaptable to other life changing event(s) that need processing.


Lesson Layout

  • Personal mental-emotional health survey
  • High impact PowerPoint to guide sharing and discussion


Learning Objectives – The students will:

  • Identify, express and share their feelings and personal experience
  • Share and discover positive coping skills
  • Gain an understanding of the value of life challenges
  • Build a sense a community surrounding their shared experience
  • Gain hope and inspiration from their classmates


Implementation and Format:

  • This lesson can be taught in 20-30 minutes; others are designed for 45-50 minutes
  • All lessons include a biblically integrated lesson plan, editable PowerPoint, activities, worksheets and/or links to additional free resources
  • Activities are designed to facilitate self-reflection, collaboration and discussion surrounding important and timely topics

Thriving in Trying Times

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