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Navigating the Human Condition:
Curricular materials now available

The first set of lessons in this series is called

Navigating the Island of Aggression

To be followed by

Navigating the Island of Melancholy


Each Island is navigated via a 12 week series of twice weekly 15 -30 min. sessions  (typically, the first session each week is a lesson, the second an activity)

Age Range:

Designed primarily for 4th-8th grade students but we've been hearing from some high school teachers that the material is helpful for their students as well.


The Muscles of Our Humanity manual, a ship's log and a map, as well as lesson pdfs and slides.

Educators can download the pdfs and slides for free, below. The ship's logs, manuals, and maps will be available for order, at cost, soon.

You can download a free sample of the Muscles of Our Humanity manual, here.

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Navigating the Island of Aggression

  • Unit Orientation pdf

  • Exit Tickets by Week pdf

  • Pre-Unit Survey Activity

    • pdf for taking the Pre-Unit Survey

    • pdf for discussing the Results

Week 0:

  • Intro Ship’s Log Activity

  • Intro The Muscles of our Humanity Manual Activity

Week 1:

  • Warning Aggression Lesson

  • Warning Aggression Activity

Week 2:

  • Fires Beneath Aggression Lesson

  • Eye of Empathy Activity

Week 3:

  • Hostile Aggression and Social Aggression Lesson

  • The Tapestry of Language Activity

Week 4:

  • Passive Aggression Lesson

    • pdf of lesson

    • slides for students

  • Passive Aggression Activity

Week 5:

  • Ares and Athena Lesson

  • The Optical Illusion of Rage Activity

Week 6:

  • Rage vs. Moral Fury Lesson

  • Calm as a Consequence Lesson

NEW!! Week 7:

  • Three Skills for Calming Others Lesson

  • Three Skills/Tactical Breathing Activity

NEW!! Week 8:

  • Unit Reflection Lesson

  • Leveling Up Rubric Activity

NEW!! Post Unit Survey Activity
  • pdf of instructions for taking the Post-Unit Survey

  • pdf of instructions for discussing the results

Coming Soon:

Navigating the Island of Melancholy

All lessons and slides © Paul K. Chappell and Stephanie Clapes 2023.

Teacher response to the student manual and the first map has been one of excitement and eager anticipation for the next steps in the construction of this epic story. Your donation sustains this highly engaging and critically important work.

When he received his sample of the Student Manual, Wisconsin high school teacher Tony Capozziello wrote us to say, "The Muscles of Our Humanity is so incredibly simple, yet enriching… I equate it to 'slow food'. Amazing, high-quality, nutrient-dense... I've enjoyed the message and have shared it with a handful of students (so far). I love it so much, it will be my go-to graduation gift."

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