Civilly Speaking: A Curriculum on Civil Discourse

Civil Discourse Curriculum - Students on steps of the US Capitol

A six-lesson curriculum, commissioned by the Covenant Foundation in 2019 and written by master Jewish educators Joel Lurie Grishaver and Ira J. Wise, on the topic of teaching civil discourse, with Jewish and general material appropriate for 6th/7th grades, 8-10th grades, and 11th grade-adult students.

Contains six units:

  • Unit 1: Civil Discourse
  • Unit 2: How to Argue
  • Unit 3: Why Are We Arguing
  • Unit 4: Both Are the Words of the Living God
  • Unit 5: Anger Management
  • Unit 6: It's NOT Just How You Say It (Truth Matters)



  • After School and Beyond
  • Congregational Learning
  • Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • Family Engagement
  • Teen Engagement