Modern Missionary/Martyr Project

posted May 18, 2016, 4:53 AM by PolselliA   [ updated May 18, 2016, 5:02 AM ]

Students are to pick one of the following:
  • Modern Christian missionary group (still active today)
  • Individual Christian missionary (lived within the past 15 years)
  • Modern day Christian martyr (within the past 15 years)

Students are to present before the class a multimedia presentation on the person/group they picked.
  • Must be between 5-10 minutes.
  • You are free to use any method you wish for the presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, video interview, SMARTBoard...).
  • You are also to hand in a paper with your name, the name of the person(s) picked, and a one-paragraph summary of why you picked them.
  • You must use some sort of multimedia (pictures, video, maps...).
  • If using a video, it can not be more than 1/2 of the presentation (unless you personally made the video).
Due date: June 6 (must be shared/emailed before midnight).
A complete rubric can be found here.

Service Projects

posted May 10, 2016, 5:37 AM by PolselliA   [ updated May 17, 2016, 6:54 AM ]

As of May 11, all Service Projects will be deducted 20 points for being late.

As of May 23, all Service Projects will be deducted 30 points for being late.

To qualify for Service Superstar, students must have at least 100 hours of service.

St. Paul Project

posted May 9, 2016, 6:32 AM by PolselliA   [ updated May 10, 2016, 4:52 AM ]

For your assigned New Testament Letter, research and answer the following:

Category
  • What category does the letter fall into?
    • Pauline Letters (1st, 2nd, or 3rd missionary journey?)
    • Captivity Letters
    • Pastoral Letters

Format
  • Address: states the name of the writer, the co-sender, and the ones receiving the letter.
  • Greeting: a short greeting (similar to a blessing) is then written. These are the same greetings used at the beginning of the Mass [e.g., “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”; not included in Hebrews].
  • Thanksgiving: gives the reason for writing the letter and expresses his attitude towards those he is writing. [not included in Galatians]
  • Message(s): The body of the letter conveying his message(s). What are the messages; summarize all the major points Paul is trying to make.
  • Final Greeting: Personal news about himself and those with him.
  • Blessing: A final prayer for those being written to.

What do scholars think?
  • Find at least two scholars who wrote about this letter, and summarize their opinions.
  • Do you agree or disagree with what they said? Why?

What do you think?
  • What is your opinion of what Paul said?
  • Do you think it is a serious issue?
  • How do you think it relates to today (give examples)?

Theology of the Body Project

posted Apr 4, 2016, 4:59 AM by PolselliA   [ updated Apr 5, 2016, 4:52 AM ]

Look up a list of currently popular songs, and pick 5. For each do the following:
  • Copy and paste the lyrics.
  • Do the lyrics uphold human dignity (think in terms of using people, exploiting people, objectifying people, harming self or others...)? Why?
  • Do the lyrics mention love (or the concept of it)? If so, is it the Christian understanding of the word? Why?
  • Do the lyrics mention sex (using any terminology)? If so, is it in line with Christian teaching? Why?
  • What would Jesus' response be to the message being given in the song?

Please do the presentations in Google Slides and share it with polsellia@jwhallahan.com

There should be 2 slides for each song:
  • 1 Slide with the lyrics
  • 1 slide answering the 4 questions. 

Please censor the lyrics, so we can show them in class!

Due Date: Monday, April 11 by 8:00 AM

Track 1 Requirements

posted Mar 8, 2016, 6:24 AM by PolselliA

The following requirements must be met for current Sophomore to be recommended for Junior Theology Track 1:
  • Sophomore Year Quarter Grades: 95+
  • Sophomore Year First Semester Grade: 97+
  • Sophomore Year PSAT English Grade: 425+
  • Sophomore Year First Semester Class Rank: 1-40

There are only a total of 30 seats available for Junior Track 1. 

Being recommended does not guarantee a spot. Sometimes, because of rostering issues (often due to elective choices), it is not possible to be placed in the recommended track. 

Morality Project

posted Feb 20, 2016, 9:05 AM by PolselliA   [ updated Feb 23, 2016, 10:26 AM ]

Due Date: Monday, March 14

Find 10 recent articles (within the last two years) on issues relating to the Ten Commandments (one article for each Commandment).
  • If you are printing out the articles, please only print the first page.
  • If you are sharing the project on Google, just send the link.

  1. Briefly summarize the article.
  2. Write how the events in the article apply to that Commandment.
  3. Write if the Commandment was being kept or broken, and why.
    • If kept, what lesson can we learn from what happened? If broken, what could have been done to keep God’s laws?

This can be done in Word/Docs or PowerPoint/Slides. Students will present one of their articles to the class.

A complete rubric can be found here.

10 Commandments:
  1. I am the LORD your God. You shall not have any gods before me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
  4. Honor your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not kill.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.

Paschal Mystery Project

posted Dec 10, 2015, 9:10 AM by PolselliA   [ updated Jan 4, 2016, 4:50 AM ]

For the Paschal Mystery Lesson, students will have an option of projects to choose from:

1) Students are to present to the class a 5-10 minute lesson on the Shroud of Turin. Students are free to use any method they wish for the presentation, but the more creative, the higher the grade will be. Some examples are: Power Point presentation, SMART Board Presentation, video interview, etc... Students are also to hand in a paper with their name and a one-paragraph summary of their presentation. A rubric can be found here.

2) Students are to present to the class a 5-10 minute lesson on Roman crucifixion and scourging. Students are free to use any method they wish for the presentation, but the more creative, the higher the grade will be. Some examples are: Power Point presentation, SMART Board Presentation, video interview, etc... Students are also to hand in a paper with their name and a one-paragraph summary of their presentation. A rubric can be found here.

3) Students are to submit research paper, comprising of 4 (track 2) or 5 (track 1) double-spaced typed pages comparing and contrasting the Passion narratives in the four Gospels. Include a Works Cited page, and follow proper MLA format. Paper will be graded on quality of research, correct citation format, and grammar. 4 page papers must have at least 3 different sources, and 5 page papers must have at least 4 different ones. A rubric can be found here.

4) Students are to find 5 pieces of art (painting, sculpture, mosaic...) depicting events in the Passion narrative, and research them. They are to explain to the class who the artist was, when they created it, what medium it is, what artist is trying to depict, and what emotions they are trying to elicit. They should also say if it is theologically correct or not. A rubric can be found here.

5) Students are to create their own work of art depicting some event from the Passion narrative. They must present it to the class and be prepared to explain the meaning behind it. A rubric can be found here.

Due date: Wednesday, January 27

Christ Our Light Test

posted Dec 3, 2015, 5:49 AM by PolselliA

There will be a test on the Christ Our Light notes on Thursday, December 10.

Messiah Social Media Project

posted Oct 20, 2015, 4:49 AM by PolselliA   [ updated Nov 4, 2015, 10:51 AM ]

Students are to use social media as a way to communicate to people some idea about Jesus being the Messiah (for example, that He loves them, that He died for them, that He saved them...).
Some acceptable forms of could be: a blog, a web page, a YouTube video, a FaceBook page, a Twitter account, Instagram, or a Tumbler account.

  • If students make a YouTube video, they may work as a group (this is the only form of the project that students may work together); if they are not making a video, they must work by themselves! All students working in a group will receive the same grade. Videos should try to be between 2-5 minutes, and there should be no more than 5 girls in the group. Videos do not have to actually be uploaded to YouTube; they can be submitted on a flash drive.
  • If students decide to make a FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Blog, or Tumbler page, it has to be one of the following:
    • A poster board and designed to look like an account page.
    • A fake page using an HTML editor, or one of the educational pages that mimics FaceBook or Twitter
    • A real page that is closed and private, so nobody can comment on it (the only exception would be if other students make accounts for this project and comment on each other's pages).
  • All projects will be presented in class.
  • Students can use humor, but are reminded not to use any bad language (including taking the Lord's name), and should not promote any type of immoral ideas or acts. Finally, remember that blasphemy is not funny. If you are unsure if it would be acceptable, the answer is probably “no.”
Due Date: Tuesday, November 10

Test

posted Oct 1, 2015, 10:33 AM by PolselliA

There will be a test on the first lesson (The Goodness of Creation) on Wednesday, October 7.

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