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Should You Say Sorry?

Lesson 4 Should you say sorry?
Jill Nottingham James Nottingham

KEY CONCEPT: Apologizing


Should You Say Sorry?




Apologies, apologizes, assurances, confessions, excuses, explanations, forgiveness, justifications, reasons, regrets, responsibility, and sincerity.


To be able to decide when an apology is appropriate.


We can do the following:

  • Explore the reasons why people apologize.
  • Share our own experiences and ideas about apologies.
  • Give reasons to justify whether something requires an apology.
  • Examine primary and secondary information to evaluate if an apology is appropriate.


Opinion Lines

Venn Diagram

1. Identify The Concept

Some of the key areas to investigate within and around the concept of “apologizing” are the following:

  • Accountability
  • Consequences
  • Cooperation
  • Defense
  • Empathy
  • Excuse
  • Explanations
  • Failing
  • Fault
  • Forgiveness
  • Justification
  • Kindness
  • Regret
  • Remorse
  • Responsibility
  • Sincerity
  • Sympathy

2. Challenge Students’ Understanding of the Concept

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