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Appendix B


Lesson Plan

Date: Time: Duration: College Site & Room:

Course: Subject: Pastoral Tutorial No. of students: On register: Present:

Topic: AFAN: Death/ Loss

Lesson aims: (teacher’s intentions)

  • To look at the themes of death and loss, and consider different theories/ views

Specific learning outcomes: (what you intend students to achieve in this lesson)

  • To understand the different stages of loss

  • To gain a basic understanding of how different religions view loss

Assessment method(s): (how each learning outcome will be assessed)

  • Small group discussion

  • Feedback on A3 sheets

Previous knowledge assumed: Some

Materials and equipment required

PC & projector, whiteboard, pens, handouts

Time/ Stage

Subject Matter/Content

Teacher Activity

Student Activity


Core Skills



00:00 – 00:05


Icebreaker: (teacher chooses topic)

Introduce Icebreaker

Students answer individually

00:05 – 00:10

Starter: Ask each student to write on a piece of paper someone/something that is v. important to them (e.g. Mum)

Give instructions – hand out paper

Students write individual answers on paper

00:10 – 00:25

Teacher takes each piece of paper – screws up and throws on floor: Ask students say how they feel

Screw up paper

- facilitate discussion

Students share how they feel

Explain before: this may upset some people

00:25 – 00:30

Watch video on ‘5 stages of loss’

Play video: Write: denial-anger-bargaining-depression-acceptance on whiteboard

Watch video – try and work out when each stage is reached. Discuss as class

00:30 – 00:40

In small groups read Buddhist/Muslim/Christian perspectives on death – come up with summary points

These can be printed from


for your reference summarys can be found at


Give out AFAN handouts on death:

In small groups read & find 4/5 points to summarise

00:40 - 00:45

Groups feed back answers to above question

Tutor chairs discussion: writes answers on board

Students contribute ideas from small groups

00:45 - 00:50

As whole class discuss differences in approaches to death – ask which approaches students relate to. Look at handout ‘continuum of grief’

Teacher chairs discussion – gives out handout ‘continuum of grief’

Students share opinions

00:50 - 00:55

Plenary: summarise 5 stages of grief

Teacher summarises

Students ask any questions




The Three stages of Grief

Evaluation of Lesson


Areas for Development

Action points for the next lesson


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