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Student Textbooks

Principles and Choices texts are designed to engage teens with relevant activities, sidebar highlights to reinforce concepts, clear section summaries, and contemporary graphics and layout. Available formats: Paperback and ebook.

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BOOK 1: Identity and Values (112 pages) teaches the four levels of happiness, and how they relate to definitions of success, quality of life, and love. Students learn six key principles that are essential for personal growth and which build a foundation for respecting human life, especially the most vulnerable.

BOOK 2: Truth and Reason (56 pages) gives students a philosophical appreciation of the existence and importance of objective truth, and lays out three principles of reason that empower them to distinguish truth from error. The principles are applied to help establish the full personhood of the unborn child.

BOOK 3: Ethics and Justice (78 pages) explains six fundamental principles of ethics and justice which are necessary for civilization to exist, and offers practical advice for forming the virtuous habits necessary for true freedom. The principles are then applied to give systematic and logical arguments against abortion and euthanasia.

In each book, the first three chapters teach the philosophical principles with application to various social issues such as poverty, disabilities, immigration, and capital punishment. The fourth chapter of each book applies learned principles to the more challenging issues of abortion and euthanasia. Students integrate important philosophical concepts before tackling the life issues, which allows them to more readily understand, embrace, and articulate Church teaching on respect for human life.

Each textbook set includes one full-color, paperback textbook, a printed copy of the corresponding Robert and Emma drama for the book level selected, and free access to the student website with supplemental learning resources.

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Teacher Textbooks

Teacher textbooks feature insets of the corresponding student textbook with teacher notations in the margins; detailed daily learning plans, exercises, and activities; a unique code system for free online resources; and Scripture, Catechism, and Framework cross-references. Each teacher book includes two CDs–one with PowerPoint presentations for each chapter, the other with audio from the corresponding act of the “Robert & Emma” drama. Format: Full-color paperback, spiral-bound.

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Teacher’s textbooks are spiral-bound, paperback, in brilliant full color. Each teacher textbook includes insets of the corresponding student textbook with teacher notations in the margins, detailed daily learning plans and pacing guides, exercises and activities, a unique code system for free online resources, and Scripture, Catechism, and Framework cross-references.

Every chapter offers essential/guiding questions, learning targets, assessment evidence tools, and downloadable assignments and handouts.

Teacher Textbook includes full-color, spiral-bound book, and one year free subscription to the secure online Teacher Site which offers handouts and assignments, alternative activities, online videos, exams and answer keys, training webinars, and other classroom tools.

includes one Teacher Textbook, beautifully designed CD PowerPoint presentations and lecture notes for each chapter of the book selected, a CD of the corresponding Robert and Emma audio-drama act for the book level selected, and one year free subscription to the secure online Teacher Site which offers handouts and assignments, alternative activities, online videos, exams and answer keys, training webinars, and other classroom tools.

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PowerPoint Presentations and Lecture Notes

Each Teacher Manual includes a CD with PowerPoint presentations for each chapter, plus full lecture notes.

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Robert & Emma Drama

The “Robert & Emma” drama is a four-act play that reinforces textbook learning. Each act teaches the concepts in the corresponding book level through a masterful use of creative drama. Student textbooks include a printed booklet with the corresponding act; teacher textbooks include a CD with the audio of the corresponding act. A full four-act printed script is also available in paperback (112 pages).

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The Robert and Emma play in four acts reinforces the learning in the Student Textbooks. Each act teaches the concepts in the corresponding Book level through a masterful use of creative drama. The play may be purchased in its complete form (paperback, 112 pages). Each act is also printed under separate cover and is included with the purchase of its companion Student Textbook set – Act 1 with Student Book 1, Act 2 with Student Book 2, etc. (Acts are not sold separately.)

Act 1. Andrew Ross is a high school student with Down Syndrome who overhears best friends Robert and Emma insulting people with disabilities during a conversation about abortion. When Andrew risks his life to help Emma, she discovers a new understanding of happiness, quality of life, love, and friendship.

Act 2. After a classroom discussion about the personhood of the unborn, Robert learns that his mother has just suffered a second-trimester miscarriage. Traumatized by the news and haunted by a secret he has been carrying, Robert searches for hope and forgiveness.

Act 3. When Emma is invited to apply for a scholarship to one of the most prestigious law schools in the country, she jumps at the change to argue against Roe v. Wade in the interview stage. But she faces an unexpected and life-changing trial when she learns that not everyone appreciates her arguments.

Act 4. Now in their early 30s, Robert and Emma embark on the greatest journey of their lives when a terminal illness challenges them to broaden their own understanding of suffering, compassion, and the true meaning of life.

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Robert and Emma Audio Drama on CD

A professional audio drama production of Robert and Emma. 2 hours on 4 audio CDs, featuring a cast of 14 voice actors.

LIFE in a FLASH Game Set

A fun and interactive set of 10 laminated flashcards that reinforce learning in the curriculum. One box contains a quick summary of all ten key principles taught in Books 1-3.

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A fun and interactive set of 10 laminated flashcards that reinforce learning in the curriculum. One box contains a quick summary of all ten key principles taught in Books 1-3. Each card includes an explanation of the principle on the front of the card, and a real-world dilemma on the back of the card which players must resolve using the principle they have learned.

Each card is full color, laminated, 5.5 x 8.5, and comes in a beautiful and handy box. Includes instructions for use in a group setting.

LIFE in a FLASH moves the debate beyond competing bumper sticker slogans and emotional sound bites. Instead, it uses reason and real-world examples to help players have an intelligent conversation on the life issues.

Learn answers to questions like…

  • Do the ends justify the means?
  • Can a terminally ill person with only weeks to live have a high quality of life?
  • Can science prove the fetus is a person?
  • How can we tell the difference between truth and opinion?
  • Are some human beings worth less than others?
  • Does human value depend on how developed we are?
  • Where do human rights come from?
  • Is physician-assisted suicide just a personal choice?
  • Is abortion justifiable if a child will be born with a disability?
  • Can a fetus be a baby if you want it to be, and not a baby if you don’t?
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