The Discovering Program

A Junior High Parish Religion Program

Younger teens need a religious education program that addresses real-life teen issues and different learning styles. The Discovering Program is a comprehensive set of 14 six-session minicourses and teaching resources that help you create religion classes focusing on relationship-building, active student participation, and sound religious principles.

For Catholic teens in grades six through eight, the minicourse format is organized by grade level and gives program coordinators and teachers the flexibility to organize the courses into a curriculum that meets the unique needs of their students. The detailed teaching guides, full-color student booklets, and video resource material provide everything you need for a successful curriculum.

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Minicourses
Each Discovering minicourse includes a teacher's guide and a student booklet. Teaching guides feature step-by-step instructions and checklists, active learning strategies, prayer guidance, and copies of student booklets for easy reference. Student booklets feature creative and engaging learning strategies, imaginative stories, and an eye-catching, full-color design with insightful sidebars.

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By Brian Singer-Towns and Thomas Zanzig

This manual for the coordinator of Discovering is designed as a companion piece for the video training resource titled A Video Orientation for the Program Coordinator.

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By Thomas Zanzig

This manual for teachers of Discovering courses is designed as a companion piece for the training video titled A Video Workshop for Teachers. Teachers can consult their program coordinator for further information.

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By Marilyn Kielbasa and Thomas Zanzig

This video orientation for the program coordinator provides a thorough overview of the philosophy and the structure of the Discovering Program. It also includes helpful information on scheduling the curriculum, recruiting and training teachers, and managing the program.

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By Marilyn Kielbasa and Thomas Zanzig

This video workshop for teachers introduces volunteers to the format of the Discovering courses and prepares them to teach any of the courses.

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Edited by Thomas Zanzig

Being Catholic identifies specific aspects of Catholicism, enables adolescents to consider what it means to be a Catholic Christian, and helps them integrate a sense of Catholic identity with their identity as persons.

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Student Booklet

Teaching Guide

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

Praying invites young people to identify and reflect on various images of God and provides them with opportunities to practice a variety of prayer forms.

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Student Booklet

Teaching Guide

By Maggie Wilson McCarty

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

Making Decisions teaches the decision-making skills needed when adolescents encounter tough choices, including moral dilemmas. This course helps students identify influences on their decision-making and consider the consequences of their decisions.

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Student Booklet

Teaching Guide

By Valerie Vance Dillon

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

Growing Up Sexually helps students to understand and discuss the changes associated with puberty and to apply the Roman Catholic approach to issues of sexual morality.

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Student Booklet

Teaching Guide

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

Celebrating the Eucharist helps young people understand and appreciate the origins, history, and central meaning of the Eucharist. This course fosters more active involvement in the celebration of the Mass.

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Student Booklet

Teaching Guide

By Marilyn Kielbasa

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

Learning to Communicate explores effective interpersonal communication, helps students understand and practice communication skills, and allows students to assess their strengths and weaknesses regarding communication.

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Student Booklet

Teaching Guide

By Lynn Neu

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

Seeking Justice focuses on human dignity, respect, compassion, and responsibility for creation while connecting these themes to the lives of students. Grounded in the Scriptures and in Catholic social teaching, this course helps young people face justice and peace issues in ways appropriate to their age.

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Student Booklet

Teaching Guide

By Yvette Nelson

Understanding Myself encourages students to recognize and understand factors that shape self-concept, to identify individual giftedness and refine personal values, to target areas requiring growth and improvement, and to assess the role of Christian faith in their lives.

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Student Booklet

Teaching Guide

By Lynn Tooma, SSND

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

Exploring the Bible is a skill-centered course that helps young people learn what the Bible is, where it came from, how to use it, and how it can relate to their own lives. This course also teaches how the Church uses the Bible in its liturgical seasons and communal worship.

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Student Booklet

Teaching Guide

By Jeff Johnson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

Becoming Friends centers on starting and maintaining healthful friendships and ending weak or destructive friendships, differentiates between healthful and unhealthful relationships with persons of the same or other sex and with significant adults, and relates human friendship to friendship with God.

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Student Booklet

Teaching Guide

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

Exploring the Story of Israel acquaints students with the story of the people of Israel as recorded in the Old Testament and with the major themes that permeate these Scriptures.

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Student Booklet

Teaching Guide

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

Meeting Jesus helps students clarify their understanding of Jesus and his message and encourages them to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus through prayer.

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Student Booklet

Teaching Guide

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

Gathering to Celebrate helps young people understand and appreciate the Church's Seven Sacraments as rites that celebrate Christ's living presence and activity within the community of faith.

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Student Booklet

Teaching Guide

By Marilyn Kielbasa

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

Dealing with Tough Times provides young people with the understanding and skills required to deal with the difficult experiences of life associated with this age group. This course centers on loneliness, rejection, stress, and loss, and it suggests specific approaches to help young people learn to cope.

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Teaching Guide

Discovering: Coordinator's Manual
Discovering: Teacher's Training Manual
Discovering: A Video Orientation for the Program Coordinator
Discovering: A Video Workshop for Teachers
Being Catholic

By Brian Singer-Towns and Thomas Zanzig

$16.95

By Thomas Zanzig

$13.75

By Marilyn Kielbasa and Thomas Zanzig

$28.25

By Marilyn Kielbasa and Thomas Zanzig

$28.25

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$5.75


Praying
Making Decisions
Growing Up Sexually
Celebrating the Eucharist
Learning to Communicate

Praying

(Student Booklet)

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$5.75

Making Decisions

(Student Booklet)

By Maggie Wilson McCarty

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$5.75

Growing Up Sexually

(Student Booklet)

By Valerie Vance Dillon

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$5.75

Celebrating the Eucharist

(Student Booklet)

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$5.75

Learning to Communicate

(Student Booklet)

By Marilyn Kielbasa

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$5.25


Seeking Justice
Understanding Myself
Exploring the Bible
Becoming Friends
Exploring the Story of Israel

Seeking Justice

(Student Booklet)

By Lynn Neu

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$5.25

Understanding Myself

(Student Booklet)

By Yvette Nelson

$5.25

Exploring the Bible

(Student Booklet)

By Lynn Tooma, SSND

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$5.75

Becoming Friends

(Student Booklet)

By Jeff Johnson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$5.25

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$5.75


Meeting Jesus
Gathering to Celebrate
Dealing with Tough Times
Being Catholic
Praying

Meeting Jesus

(Student Booklet)

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$5.75

Gathering to Celebrate

(Student Booklet)

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$5.75

Dealing with Tough Times

(Student Booklet)

By Marilyn Kielbasa

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$5.75

Being Catholic

(Teaching Guide)

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$14.75

Praying

(Teaching Guide)

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$14.75


Making Decisions
Growing Up Sexually
Celebrating the Eucharist
Learning to Communicate
Seeking Justice

Making Decisions

(Teaching Guide)

By Maggie Wilson McCarty

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$14.75

Growing Up Sexually

(Teaching Guide)

By Valerie Vance Dillon

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$14.75

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$14.75

Learning to Communicate

(Teaching Guide)

By Marilyn Kielbasa

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$14.75

Seeking Justice

(Teaching Guide)

By Lynn Neu

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$14.75


Understanding Myself
Exploring the Bible
Becoming Friends
Exploring the Story of Israel
Meeting Jesus

Understanding Myself

(Teaching Guide)

By Yvette Nelson

$14.75

Exploring the Bible

(Teaching Guide)

By Lynn Tooma, SSND

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$14.75

Becoming Friends

(Teaching Guide)

By Jeff Johnson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$14.75

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$14.75

Meeting Jesus

(Teaching Guide)

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$14.75


Gathering to Celebrate
Dealing with Tough Times

Gathering to Celebrate

(Teaching Guide)

By Yvette Nelson

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$14.75

Dealing with Tough Times

(Teaching Guide)

By Marilyn Kielbasa

Edited by Thomas Zanzig

$14.75