Final Project

posted by Anthony Polselli

Modern Missionary/Martyr Project

Students are to pick one of the following:
  • Modern Christian missionary group (still active today)
  • Individual Christian missionary (lived within the past 25 years)
  • Modern day Christian martyr (within the past 25 years)

Students are to make a four-page (double spaced; 12 point font) research paper on the person/group that they picked. 
  • Please remember to cite your sources (even if you are only paraphrasing), and include a bibliography.
  • The bibliography does not count towards the 4 pages. 
  • Please read the rubric too see how many sources you must use and how grades will be calculated.
  • If you want to include pictures, they can be on a cover page. 
  • The cover page does not count towards the 4 pages.
Due Date: Must be shared via Google Docs by Tuesday, June 5 (3:00 PM).

A complete rubric can be found here.

Service Journals

posted May 7, 2018, 4:59 AM by Anthony Polselli   [ updated May 7, 2018, 5:00 AM ]

Service Journals were due on Monday, April 9. A grace period of one day (Tuesday, April 10) was granted where students still received full credit. 

Starting on Wednesday, April 11, 10 points were deducted for being late.
Starting on on Tuesday, May 1, 20 points were deducted for Journals that were still not handed in.

Starting on Tuesday, May 8, an additional 10 points will be deducted each week for Journals that have still not been handed in:
May 8: -30 points
May 15: -40 points
May 22: -50 points
May 30: -60 points
June 6: -70 points
June 11: Last day Journals will be accepted!

Service Journals

posted Apr 24, 2018, 5:25 AM by Anthony Polselli

Service Journals were due on Monday, April 9. A grace period of one day (Tuesday, April 10) was granted where students still received full credit. Starting on Wednesday, April 11, 10 points were deducted for being late.

Beginning on Tuesday, May 1, 20 points will be deducted for Journals that are still not handed in.

Ancient Greek Meaning of Love Project

posted Apr 23, 2018, 6:57 AM by Anthony Polselli   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 5:27 AM ]

Students are to create a slides presentation on the various kinds love according to the ancient Greeks.

·         Find an example of each of the ancient Greek words for "love" in song, literature, or film.

·         Each word should be on a separate slide (Google Slides or Power Point). There should be a cover slide with you name on it.

·         The slide should have the link to the video and/or lyrics.

·         Describe the scenario (what is happening at that point in the movie or book, for example).

·         Explain how it relates to this particular form of love.


1. Narkissos (unhealthy love of self)

Narkissos is the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one's own attributes. The term originated from Greek mythology, where the young Narcissus fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water. Narcissism is usually considered a problem in a person's relationships with self and others.


2. Philautia (healthy love of self)

The Greeks understood that in order to care for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. Philautia is self-love in its healthiest form. As Aristotle put it, “All friendly feelings for others are an extension of a man’s feelings for himself.” You cannot share what you do not have. If you do not love yourself, you cannot love anyone else either.


3. Eros (erotic love)

Named after the Greek god of fertility, it represented the idea of sexual passion and desire. Eros was viewed as a dangerous, fiery, and irrational form of love that could take hold of you and possess you—an attitude shared by many later spiritual thinkers, such as the Christian writer C.S. Lewis.


4. Ludus (playful love)

The Greeks thought of ludus as a playful form of love, for example, the affection between young lovers. Ludus is that feeling we have when we go through the early stages of falling in love with someone, e.g. the fluttering heart, flirting, teasing, and feelings of euphoria.


5. Philia (affectionate love)

The ancient Greeks valued philia far above eros because it was considered a love between equals. Plato felt that physical attraction was not a necessary part of love, hence the use of the word platonic to mean, “without physical attraction.” Philia is a type of love that is felt among friends who’ve endured hard times together. As Aristotle put it, philia is a “dispassionate virtuous love” that is free from the intensity of sexual attraction. It often involves the feelings of loyalty among friends, camaraderie among team mates, and the sense of sacrifice for your pack.


6. Storge (familiar love)

Although storge closely resembles philia in that it is a love without physical attraction, storge is primarily to do with kinship and familiarity. Storge is a natural form of affection that often flows between parents and their children, and children for their parents. It’s based on natural feelings and effortless love. Storge is the love that knows forgiveness, acceptance and sacrifice. It is the one that makes you feel secure, comfortable and safe.


7. Pragma (longstanding love)

Another Greek love was the mature love known as pragma. This was the deep understanding that developed between long-married couples. Pragma was about making compromises to help the relationship work over time, and showing patience and tolerance. Unlike the other types of love, pragma is the result of effort on both sides.

8. Agape (selfless love)

The most radical type of love according to the Greeks was agape or selfless love. This was a love that you extended to all people, whether family members or distant strangers. Agape was later translated into Latin as caritas, which is the origin of our word "charity." It is selfless, unconditional love. C.S. Lewis referred to it as "gift love," the highest form of Christian love. 

10 Commandments Article Project

posted Mar 12, 2018, 7:00 AM by Anthony Polselli   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 8:36 AM ]

  1. Create either a Google Slides presentation or a Microsoft Power Point presentation.
  2. Each Commandment should be an individual slide (the first slide should have your name; so there should be a total of 11 slides).
  3. Find 10 recent articles (within the last 5 years) on issues relating to the Ten Commandments (one article for each Commandment). The article can be about the Commandment being kept or broken.
  4. Set up each slide:
    1. Title the slide the specific Commandment
    2. Bullet Point 1: The link to the article (you can put the article title, and make it a hyperlink).
    3. Bullet Point 2: Brief summary of the article.
    4. Bullet Point 3: Write how it relates to the Commandment.


III. Keep Holy the Sabbath

  • Record attendance at 1st service since Texas church shooting
  • This article is about how people came out in record numbers for the first Sunday service after the Texas church shooting.
  • This relates to the Commandment because people were keeping God's law and attending church on the Sabbath, even though they were scared and still grieving the murders that took place there.

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.

A complete rubric can be found here.

Due Date: Tuesday, April 3

Pro-Life Essay Contests

posted Jan 3, 2018, 10:06 AM by Anthony Polselli

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation is conducting two different essay contests for your students to win prizes and your school to be recognized.

More information can be found here.


posted Dec 7, 2017, 7:02 AM by Anthony Polselli   [ updated Dec 18, 2017, 8:40 AM ]


Imagine that instead of coming 2,000 years ago to Israel; Jesus started His public ministry today. Based on this, you are to write a modern Parable.


You can do this in one of two ways:

1.      Take an existing parable (or parables) from the Bible, and update them to seem more modern. Anything that does not relate to present day Philadelphia should be changed.

2.      Write an original parable (a story meant to convey a moral lesson).


You should NOT pick a parable other than those in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, or Luke.


Remember, this is supposed to be a modern setting! Some of the issues in Jesus’ time are no longer issues today. In other cases, new moral and social issues have arisen since then.

Option #1: Paper

1.      All essays are to be typed in complete, high school level sentences.

2.      The heading of the paper is to be in MLA format. The body needs no special format other than: double spaced, standard sized fonts and margins.

3.      Students are to work individually.

4.      The paper is to be 3 pages for track 2, and 4 pages for track 1.


Option #2: Film


1.      The film is to be no shorter than 5 minutes in length, and no longer than 10.

2.      The dialog must be clear enough to hear and understand.

3.      Have fun, but you must be respectful! Nothing inappropriate!

4.      You may work in groups of 2-5 students. Students can be from any of my Theology classes. If you need a student who I do not teach in the film, it must only be as an extra, a minor role, or as cameraperson.

Option #3: Comic Book / Manga

1.      You are to completely draw the panels, and write the dialog/word balloons.

2.      Each page should have multiple panels.

3.      Your book should be at least 4 pages.

Due Date: Thursday, January 4

First Quarter Project

posted Oct 9, 2017, 6:21 AM by Anthony Polselli   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 8:04 AM ]

Students are to use social media as a way to communicate to people that we need Jesus to save us.

  • Some acceptable forms of could be: a blog, a web page, a YouTube video, a FaceBook page, a Twitter account, or Instagram.
  •  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.
  • All projects must include Old Testament references that point to why we need a Messiah and what the Messiah will be like.
  •  If students decide to make a FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, or Blog, 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).
  •  Students cannot use Tumblr, as it is blocked by the school’s server.
  •  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: Thursday, November 2

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