St. Paul Group Project

posted Apr 29, 2015, 8:09 AM by PolselliA   [ updated May 1, 2015, 5:38 AM ]

Each class will be broken down into groups of 2-3 students, and each group will be assigned one of St. Paul's New Testament letters.
For each letter you are assigned, the group is to present to the class the following information:

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

  • 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)?

Quiz Questions
  • Each group is to turn in two quiz questions based on their presentation. After all the presentations, those questions will be used for a larger quiz for the class.

A complete rubric can be found here.

Final Project

posted Apr 27, 2015, 4:47 AM by PolselliA   [ updated Apr 27, 2015, 10:34 AM ]

Students are to do a presentation on a modern Christian martyr or missionary:
  • The presentation can be on either an individual or a group/organization.
  • The person/group must be Christian.
  • All people/organizations must be from within your lifetime.
  • Presentation are to be 5-10 minutes.
  • If you using a video, it can not be more than 1/2 of the presentation, unless you personally made the video.
  • You are free to use any method they wish for the presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi, video interview, SMARTBoard...), but the more creative, the higher the grade.
  • You are to hand in a paper with their name, the name of the person(s) picked, and a one-paragraph summary of why they picked them.

Due Date: Thursday, June 4

Extra Credit: Students who volunteer to present early will get 10 bonus points on their project.

A complete rubric can be found here.

If researching martyrs, this web page may be of use.

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