Using Sophia SketchPad to Teach about Marriage

What You'll Get with this Workshop

  • 45-Minute Session
  • Explore teaching strategies with a master teacher
  • Classroom-ready lesson plans
  • Instant, easy access — no expiration!
  • Receive a professional development certificate

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Workshop Overview

In this 45-minute recorded webinar, Catholic school teachers and parish catechists will learn about the nature of marrige and how to transform the Sophia SketchPad video on marriage into a remarkable learning experience in your religion class. You will delve into questions such as:

  • Why is Christian marriage a Sacrament?
  • How should you present Church teaching on divorce, especially if you have students whose parents are divorced? 
  • What are some sensitive ways to address the issues of gay marriage and same-sex attraction?
  • How can tough questions from the most skeptical students be handled with grace?

You will also receive:

SketchPad Video Viewing Guide: Perfect for Catholic schools, parishes, and homeschooling parents, this guide includes pre-viewing activities, post-viewing discussion questions, and a fill-in-the-blank activity.

Video Script: Allows your visual learners to read along and/or refer back to the script while completing the viewer's guide.

Background Reading: Short essay on Marriage to increase background knowledge of this Sacrament.

Three-Day Lesson Plan on Marriage: Explore how the love between spouses mirrors the divine love of the Blessed Trinity. Includes readings, warm-ups, activities, assessments, and a complete answer key. The lesson also includes an introduction and application of Theology of the Body and the Theological Virtues.

Recorded Webinar: Join master teacher Jose Gonzaelz to learn simple but effective teaching techniques for explaining and engage your students with the Sacrament of Marriage.

Certificate of Completion: You may request your professional development certificate by visiting this link.

Sophia Institute for Teachers is an independent, non-profit organization. Participants at our programs receive certificates stating the number of hours at each workshop and as proof of attendance. Each diocese will determine if/how these hours can be applied toward on-going teacher or catechist certification requirements. If you need official verification that attendance at our program will satisfy your requirements, please check with your principal and/or the appropriate person in your diocese.

Your Presenters


Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014 after more than 10 years as a Catholic high school teacher. In addition to teaching, Jose has experience working in parish and diocesan ministry. Jose has been leading Workshops in over 60 dioceses for more than 8 years, and contributes regularly to our teacher's guides and digital instructional resources. He has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have four children.

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