Teen Apologies and Forgiveness | Social Emotional Learning (SEL)


Grade Levels:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Resource Type:
.pdf Digital Download

Pages: 65

These Social Emotional Learning activities will teach your teens how to issue The Perfect Apology and understand the Power of Forgiveness. Many students do not know how to apologize effectively. Giving a half-hearted or worse, an insincere apology can be detrimental to a relationship.

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  • Appropriate for teenagers.
  • Students that need help with social emotional learning skills.
  • Effective for teaching how to apologize appropriately and the importance of forgiveness.
  • Students that want to strengthen their relationship skills.


  • 4 Steps to the Perfect Apology.
  • 4 Steps to Forgiveness.
  • 5 Tips on issuing an apology.
  • 4 Tips to forgiveness.
  • Role-Playing Scenarios.
  • Interactive Table of Contents.


Interactive Table of Contents

  • Includes an Interactive Table of Contents
  • All lesson plans and activities have a hyperlink (highlighted in blue)
  • Click on the link to go to that page within the .pdf document

4 Steps to the Perfect Apology

  • Students Learn how to apologize in 4 easy steps.
  • They also read a real-life example and learn how to apply the 4 steps.
  • After learning about the steps, students read 5 tips on how to execute the perfect apology.

4 Steps to Forgiveness

  • Students learn about the Power of Forgiveness and how to accept an apology in 4 easy steps.
  • They also read a real-life example of how to apply the 4 steps.
  • After learning about forgiveness, students read 4 tips on how to forgive others and strengthen relationships.

Role Playing Scenarios

  • 6 Role Playing Activities-Students act out the role playing scenarios in small groups
  • 6 Apology Discussion Questions
  • 6 Forgiveness Discussion Questions
  • Students write The Perfect Apology for each scenario using the 4-step formula
  • Then answer comprehension questions about each scenarios
  • Reflect on their own experiences and write down tips on how to avoid a smilier situation in the future

Comprehension Questions

  • 4 Critical Thinking Questions
  • 4 Close Reading Questions
  • Students take what they have learned and apply it in 8 discussion questions

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