Book: “Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World”
To gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of self-identity, uniqueness and connection within the Catholic community by stimulating students’ curiosity, and critical thinking skills using a Catholic worldview
Read aloud one or more letters from the book “Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World”.
Invite students to ‘turn and talk’ about their predictions regarding Pope Francis’ response.
Discuss predictions following the reading.
Invite students to write a letter (and/or create a picture) to Pope Francis, their parish priest, other church members, etc., as a means of asking critical questions, understanding personal identity, diversity, faith journey, community and interconnectedness.
Students develop a sense of identity and meaning as they learn about morality and engage in meaningful interactions and friendships with peers. Providing students with an opportunity to explore their identity through critical analysis and curiosity develops these skills and contributes to meaningful relationships and overall well-being (Malti & Ongley, 2014).