How to Use Principles & Choices

Principles & Choices teaches the moral philosophy presented in Fr. Robert Spitzer’s college-level book Ten Universal Principles — masterfully adapted to make the concepts concrete and accessible for teens in your high school classroom.

Workbook Series

Our user-friendly supplemental program features a three-volume workbook series in both student and teacher editions, along with a suite of companion resources.

Book 1: Identity and Values covers the four levels of happiness and their application to success, quality of life, and love. These are foundational concepts for the content presented in Books 2 and 3. (Click here for full Book 1 Table of Contents.) Chapter headings:

1. Four Levels of Happiness: Physical pleasure, ego-gratification, good beyond self, ultimate good

2. Success and Quality of Life

3. Four Kinds of Love: Storge, philia, eros, agape

4. Application to Social Issues

Book 2: Truth and Reason covers the definition of truth and three principles of objective, logical thinking. (Click here for full Book 2 Table of Contents.) Chapter headings:

1. Truth: Definition, kinds of truth, reality, common understanding, reason, conscience, divine revelation

2. Principles of Reason: Non-contradiction, complete explanation, objective evidence

3. Defining the Human Person

4. Application to Social Issues

Book 3: Ethics and Justice helps students explore social justice issues in light of intrinsic dignity, objective principles of ethics and justice, and a thorough examination of the concept of freedom. (Click here for full Book 3 Table of Contents.) Chapter headings:

1. Principles of Ethics: Intrinsic dignity, non-maleficence, consistent ends and means, full human potential

2. Principles of Justice: Natural rights, hierarchy of tights, limits to freedom

3. Freedom: Four levels, “freedom from” vs. “freedom for,” political vs. personal freedom

4. Application to Social Issues


Sample Implementation Models

Intentionally designed for maximum flexibility, Principles & Choices can be easily customized it to fit your unique needs:

  • A common model is to incorporate Principles & Choices as a 2-4 week unit in theology courses: Freshman (Book 1), Sophomore (Book 2), and Junior or Senior (Book 3).
  • Another popular model is to incorporate the program across subjects, such as: Book 1 in 9th grade theology, Book 2 in 10th grade science or health, and Book 3 in 11th or 12th grade history or social studies. This implementation model helps students understand that the principles have implications beyond religious education.
  • Many educators combine all three workbooks to form a single elective course.
  • Some educators teach the materials once a week for year-long, school-wide instruction (for example, “Principles & Choices Fridays).

For more information on classroom implementation, please call toll free 855-664-6598.

For more information on how to implement the curriculum in religious education or youth group programs, please consult our Implementation Guide for Churches and Organizations or call 855-664-6598.

Available Resources

Unmatched in visual appeal and depth of content, our materials include everything you need for use in a classroom setting:

Student workbooks are available in print and e-book formats. Each workbook includes a free copy of the corresponding one-act play from our acclaimed “Robert & Emma” drama series. Request a sample…

Teacher editions include daily lesson plans, cross-references to relevant passages in Sacred Scripture and the Catechism, lecture notes, and presentation media, plus access to online activities, worksheets, and exams/keys on our secure teacher site:

Companion resources enhance the learning experience:



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