What’s Happening in Religious Education
Recently, Year 7 Religion (Newman) have been learning about critical and creative thinking using Bloom’s Taxonomy, six learning objectives that require progressively more complex ways of thinking. To aid in learning how to think critically and creatively the class completed a lesson on analysis, which is the 4th objective in Blooms taxonamy and involves exploring the relationship between two things and learning how to compare and contrast. In this lesson, each student was given two separate chocolates and was required to write a paragraph comparing and contrasting the two. Students used the language of compare and contrast through an examination of the smell, touch, look and taste of the chocolate. Some very creative responses were submitted, here is a sample:
“The two chocolates I have chosen are Maltesers and MilkyWay. They are both chocolates coated outside with fillings inside meaning they have a similar body structure. The two chocolates have a similar sugary sweet taste coating and in addition include red in the packaging. Whilst there are many similarities, the layers on the other hand have different textures. The packaging of the MilkyWay in contrast to the Maltesers states that it may contain traces of peanuts and tree nuts whilst the Maltesers are in a larger packaging compared to the MilkyWay.”
Through this activity, students were then able to apply these skills to the content studied in Religion by comparing and contrasting two religious artworks. It was a great lesson and certainly helped our understanding of compare and contrast language features.
As regular attendance at Sunday masses is still quite limited in many parishes, I have shared with you some intercessions that you might like to pray at home, on your own or as a family:
- For Pope Francis, bishop of Rome, and all bishops and pastors, that they will bear constant and joyful witness to the Son of God. (Pause for silent prayer). Let us pray to the Lord.
- For Christian communities in every land, that they will minister the healing mercy of God to all who see it. (Pause for silent prayer). Let us pray to the Lord.
- For the leaders of nations, that they will promote world peace by renouncing the testing and storing of nuclear weapons. (Pause for silent prayer). Let us pray to the Lord.
- For the world community, that remembrance of the abolition of the slave trade will herald an end to human trafficking. (Pause for silent prayer). Let us pray to the Lord.
- For all whose work or volunteering benefits the community, that their service will inspire us to care more lovingly for one another. (Pause for silent prayer). Let us pray to the Lord.
- For those facing greater loss because of the COVID pandemic, especially women and the young, that just economic measures will ease their burden. (Pause for silent prayer). Let us pray to the Lord.
- For all whose mental health is at breaking point, that they will reach out for the help that is offered to them. (Pause for silent prayer). Let us pray to the Lord.
- For families and friends unable to come together for celebrations of joy or sorrow, that bonds of love will keep them united. (Pause for silent prayer). Let us pray to the Lord.
- For the recently deceased …, and all the faithful departed, that with all the angels and saints they will rejoice in God’s presence forever. (Pause for silent prayer). Let us pray to the Lord.
Australian Catholics: Prayers of the people: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 23 August 2020
Leader of Religious Education and Mission