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Syllabus

The Revelation of Jesus Christ in Scripture

 

            Welcome to first semester, freshman religion.  In reading and studying the Scriptures this semester, we will gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Scriptures.  We will see that the Old Testament has prepared the way for the Father’s greatest revelation in His Son.  We will also investigate what Jesus Christ meant to the people of His day as they struggled to understand who is and what His message means.  We will learn about the establishment of the early Church, and most importantly, we will also apply the Scriptures to our own lives through prayer and writing. 

            Listed below you will find the course goals, rules & expectations along with a break down of grade distribution.  Please read over this form & keep it in your religion binder. I am looking forward to a great semester with all of you.  God bless you!

                                                                                                                                Sincerely,           

                                                                                                Mr. Greg Bercaw

 

Course Outcomes:

1.      Students will be able to describe the time and culture Jesus was born into and the Bible was composed in.

2.      Students will be able to identify ways God reveals himself and how that Revelation is transmitted.

3.      Students will be able to identify examples of typology and foreshadowing in the Old Testament that point the way to Jesus.

4.      Students will be able to tell the narrative story of the Bible, the story of salvation. 

 

Rules & Expectations:

1.      Treat your classmates, yourself, the building, & me with respect.

2.      Be on time.  You should be in your assigned seat ten seconds after the bell rings or you will be counted tardy. 

3.      Do not talk while I am talking, when someone else is talking, or during announcements.

4.      You may have water in the classroom; no food or other beverages are allowed.  If you have them I will take them and you will not get it back.  I do not want to see/hear gum.

5.      Please obtain a three ring binder (1 1/2 -2 inches) and loose leaf paper.  These items should be brought to class daily along with your writing utensil, and your planner. 

6.      Please do not ask to leave the room.  Come prepared for class.

7.      Do not work on other work during my class time.  If you do it will be taken and not returned until the next day’s class. 

8.      Please obtain a Bible that you can bring to class daily.  There is a link to an online Bible on my website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grading:

 

1.      Grading will be done using a total point system. 

2.      There will be weekly grades for preparation and behavior. 

3.      I allow for one late assignment a quarter with no penalty.  All subsequent late assignments are worth half credit.  This “free” late assignment does not count for major projects or essays.  Work must be ready at the beginning of class or it is considered late. 

4.      Missing work should be turned in by the following deadlines or it will be a zero:


·         September 14

·         October 19

·         November 8

·         December 18


5.      Regarding excused absences, make-up work is the student’s responsibility.

a)      For each excused day students have an additional day to turn in assignments.

b)      My website will be utilized to inform students of work they missed. 

c)      Student is responsible for getting missed notes. 

d)      If you missed a quiz or a test it needs to be take in the library within two days of your arrival back at school or points may be deducted. 

6.      Up to 5% of a grade in every class may be deducted due to errors in these areas: spelling, writing in complete sentences, proper capitalization, and sense in writing.

7.      Cheating or allowing someone to cheat will result in a zero percent for any assignment, quiz or test.

8.      There is a comprehensive final assessment at the end of the semester.  This will cover material from the whole semester.   

 

Textbooks:

·         We have a classroom set of textbooks.  We will use them periodically during class.  If you need to borrow one for a night you can sign out a book. 

·         Toward the end of the semester we will read The Bronze Bow.  Each student will be issued a copy of the novel to read. 

 

The course will be split into four units based on major themes in our subject.

 

        I.            How do we know about God?

      II.            How do we interpret the Bible?

    III.            What is the Bible and its purpose?

    IV.            Overview of the Bible

 

 

Catholic Social Teaching

 Welcome to first semester, senior religion.  The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the Church’s social teaching.  In this course, you will learn how Christ’s concern for others, especially the poor and needy, is present today in the Church’s social teaching and mission. 
 Listed below you will find the course goals, rules & expectations along with a break down of grade distribution.  Please read over this form & keep it in your religion binder. I am looking forward to a great semester with all of you.  God bless you!
                     Sincerely, 
        Mr. Greg Bercaw

Course Outcomes:
1. The goal of this course is to enable you to explain the Catholic Church’s positions on varied aspects of social justice using terminology proper to the situation.
2. A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
• Explain official Catholic teachings on the social justice issues covered throughout the course (You will know what the Church teaches in a particular situation)
• Engage official Church teachings critically and reflectively to say something about them with concrete information that explains your agreement or disagreement
• Take a position on an issue, support your position with evidence, and draw a conclusion based upon evidence
• Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving verbally and in writing
• View the world through a broad lens

Rules & Expectations:
1. Treat your classmates, yourself, the building, & me with respect.
2. Be on time.  You should be in your assigned seat ten seconds after the bell rings or you will be counted tardy. 
3. Do not talk while I am talking, when someone else is talking, or during announcements.
4. You may have water in the classroom; no food or other beverages are allowed.  If you have them I will take them and you will not get it back.  I do not want to see/hear gum.
5. Please obtain a three ring binder (1 1/2 -2 inches) and loose leaf paper.  These items should be brought to class daily along with your writing utensil, and your planner. 
6. Please do not ask to leave the room.  Come prepared for class.
7. Do not work on other work during my class time.  If you do it will be taken and not returned until the next day’s class. 

 


Grading:

1. Grading will be done using a total point system. 
2. I allow for one late assignment a quarter with no penalty.  All subsequent late assignments are worth half credit.  This “free” late assignment does not count for major projects or essays.  Work must be ready at the beginning of class or it is considered late. 
3. Missing work should be turned in by the following deadlines or it will be a zero:
 
• September 14
• October 19
• November 8
• December 18
 
4. Regarding excused absences, make-up work is the student’s responsibility.
a. For each excused day students have an additional day to turn in assignments.
b. My website will be utilized to inform students of work they missed. 
c. Student is responsible for getting missed notes. 
d. If you missed a quiz or a test it needs to be take in the library within two days of your arrival back at school or points may be deducted. 
5. Up to 5% of a grade in every class may be deducted due to errors in these areas: spelling, writing in complete sentences, proper capitalization, and sense in writing.
6. Cheating or allowing someone to cheat will result in a zero percent for any assignment, quiz or test.
7. There is a comprehensive final assessment at the end of the semester.  This will cover material from the whole semester.  

Textbooks:
Catholic Social Teaching: Learning and Living Justice.  Michael Pennock.  Ave Maria Press.