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Epic Ethics Curriculum

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What is Epic Ethics?

Epic Ethics for Peaceful Schools is K-6 Social and Emotional Learning curriculum built on literacy content and cross disciplinary academic activities to promote student self-awareness, self-management, healthy relationship formation, and ethical decision-making skills based on a simple yet comprehensive ethical framework.

Why Teach Ethics?

Research supports that children who develop positive social skills and character habits are happier, more successful, and have better relationships throughout their lives. Human development studies also reveal that children have the capacity to learn these skills at an early age, but they need adults to help them fully develop these traits. Social and Emotional Learning is crucial for a well-rounded education. Relationship skills, self management, gratitude, emotional awareness and empathy are abstract domains of decision making governed by personal ethics. All the choices we make have an ethical quality to them. the mounting emphasis on academic performance and resultant demands on teachers often leaves little or no time for developing them. Epic Ethics addresses this deficiency through literacy-based curriculum that blends academic instruction with exploration of the essential human challenges of character development through the ethical problem-solving lens of the Four Awesome Questions: Is it true? Is it fair? Will it build friendships and community? Will it be helpful to those involved?

How is Epic Ethics taught?

Epic Ethics offers a series of literacy-based classroom lessons combining stories and activities with interactive discussion.  Each of 5 learning modules addresses one or more of the following concepts: expressing feelings, resolving conflict, celebrating diversity, building community and developing strength through peace.  

The program can be taught by the classroom teacher or where practicable high school students can be engaged and trained to conduct these classroom-based lessons, supplementing the classroom teacher and fostering cross-generational and high-impact learning.

What is a LEP?

Epic Ethics curriculum is offered as Learning Exercise Packets LEPs. A LEP is a light instructional design menu comprised of core social-emotional and critical-thinking learning goals built on a basic lesson plan. The parts can be mixed and matched to differentiate for the needs of the group and instructor.

Each LEP has a list of relevant literacy resources, vocabulary lists, large and small group activities, and music resources to enrich the learning experience. The LEPs follow the themes of expressing feelings, resolving conflicts creatively, celebrating diversity. building community and developing strength through peace. Every LEP includes an easy readers theater style Mentor Script for high school or community facilitators.