Category Archives: Religious Education Resources

Junior Certificate RE: Section B Foundations of Religion: Christianity

Over the next term I will be preparing my third year students for the religion exam in June. I have decided to prepare slideshow presentations on each section to help my class revise and study for each topic. Each slideshow is accompanied by worksheets to help the students write down the key points they will need to learn and remember for their exam. It is in a way a crash course of each section on the RE syllabus.

I hope all RE teachers find this helpful. I apologies in advance as slideshare does not let you include animations or fancy fonts that I have used throughout the presentation. However, I hope the content helps.

Christianity Worksheet 1

Christianity Worksheet 2

Link to download worksheets: Christianity Worksheet 1

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Junior Certificate Religion Journal

As RE teachers one of the biggest hurdles we must conquer is the religion journal with exam classes. Below I have included a powerpoint and worksheets I used to help students and teachers when writing up their journal work. The power point and worksheets include a checklist for students to keep organised and up to date with what they have done and need to do, helpful hints and keywords that students will need to include in their write up in order to help them achieve the max points.

I hope they help!

RE Journal Student Checklist

RE Journal Work Helpful Hints

Part 2: Nuremberg and Anne Frank lesson plan

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will examine the effects of discrimination on one Jewish family: The Frank Family.
  • Students will explore and examine the inside of the Annex where the Frank family stayed in hiding.
  • Students will read an extract from Anne Franks Diary.
  • Students will know what happened to the Frank family during the Holocaust.

Students will watch a quick video to reinforce what they have learnt in previous lesson. They will then engage in verbal questions and answers on the topic of world war two and discrimination against the Jewish community. They will identify who the Frank family were and what happened to them during the war. Answers will be written on the whiteboard.

Annex tour and Diary entry 10 minutes

http://www.annefrank.org/en/Subsites/Home/Enter-the-3D-house/#/house/20/

Students will take a tour of the annex online. They will identify the rooms where the Frank family lived. They will take a closer look in the room of Anne Frank. They will then read an extract from Anne’s diary. The extract will highlight how Jews were discriminated against in Holland and it will also help the students gain a better understanding of who Anne was and what her personality was like.

Discovered and Arrested 10 minutes

http://www.annefrank.org/en/Subsites/Home/Enter-the-3D-house/#/house/0/hotspot/5032/video/

Students will watch a video describing the events of the Franks family arrest. They will be given a worksheet related to the video. Questions must be answered during the video. When the video has concluded students will read out their answers.

The Fate of the Frank family 10 minutes

http://www.annefrank.org/en/Subsites/Home/Enter-the-3D-house/#/house/0/hotspot/5481/video/

Students will watch a second video extract portraying the further discrimination faced by the Frank family. The video will describe life after living in the Annex and how the family were separated and never saw each other again. Students will answer questions on a worksheet related to the video. Answers will be read out at the end of class.

Anne Frank Worksheet

Nuremberg Laws and Anne Frank Lesson Plan

Introduction Exercise

Have students draw a circle, divided into six or eight sections. In the center should be the student’s name. Each section should then be filled in with a different area of importance to the student. Examples are: my pet, hiking, girl or boy scouts, my church or synagogue, school and, my best friend. After the students have completed their circle, discuss which areas would have been denied to them because of who they were. The Nuremberg Laws resulted in the eventual loss of identity of each victim by systematic denial.

Case Study of Nazis and Jewish families in Holland

Read article that portrays life in Holland for Jewish families. Explain that Jew’s could not own pets or bicycles. They also had a strict curfew to obey. Nazi Youth was the only youth organization allowed. Synagogues were destroyed during Kristallnacht and finally many friendships between Jews and non-Jews were torn apart (often from fear of being associated with Jews). Friendships were also destroyed between those Christians who supported and did not support the Nazi regime. Reference the Nuremberg Law’s for more restrictions. The Nuremberg laws were passed on September 15, 1935. Nazi Germany instituted a series of laws designed to make freedom increasingly difficult for the Jews and to restrict their freedom.

Nuremberg laws worksheet 2 Nuremberg laws worksheet

Answer Questions on Article.

Video

Introduction to Anne Franks family living in Holland. This video will be used as a Case study on how the Nuremberg laws affected one Jewish family.

http://www.annefrank.org/en/Subsites/Home/

Did Darwin Kill God? (Lesson Plan)

Did Darwin Kill God? (Lesson Plan based around Conor Cunningham Video)

Learning Outcomes:

• Know who Darwin was and what he was like.

• Understand why some people at the time found his ideas threatening.

• Realize that people can change the world by big ideas.

• Explore why Darwin is considered significant today.

• Identify what is worth knowing about Darwin and why.

Who is Charles Darwin? 10 minutes

PowerPoint on Charles Darwin. This power point will show images of who Charles Darwin was, provide a brief history about him and his book Origin of Species. It will highlight how he was reluctant to publish he book on Evolution, as he knew the church would hold serious objections.

Discussion questions:

Describe how Charles Darwin used the scientific method to develop his theory of evolution.

What were some of the influences on Darwin as he developed his theory?

Why was Darwin reluctant to publish his theory?

Biblical fundamentalists 10 minutes

Outline and describe who Biblical fundamentalists were. Emphasis that they believed the Bible should be understood and translated through “literal” means.

Explain and discuss the term Literal.

Questions:

Who were biblical fundamentalists?

What does to translate something literally mean?

Do you think their approach was correct?

Compatibility 15 minutes

Explore the idea of Ultra Darwinists and how some believe it paved the way towards modern atheism. Investigate those who say that both the theory of evolution and the belief in God are completely compatible i.e. that Darwin’s theory isn’t atheistic in the slightest but instead coherent with what is said in the bible.

Worksheet

Charles Darwin Worksheet

Ted Talks Video for the RE classroom!

Beautiful video about a woman who was once voted the ugliest woman in the world on the internet now a motivational speaker.

This video can be used to teach your students about the impact cyber bullying can have on your life…negatives but also the positives. This lady turned her life around and never let her disabilities determine who she was or what she could achieve in life. Very moving and powerful watch for any classroom.

Three Kings Day Mediation for Religion Teachers

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Over the past week I have seen people taking down Christmas decorations or I have been asked when is it okay to take down your Christmas tree. It would appear that people are so eager to celebrate Christmas that when the day itself has come and gone they then pounce to take all their decorations down. Have we forgotten the Twelve Days of Christmas? Three Kings Day or the Epiphany is celebrated on the 6th of January. The 6th of January is the last time we turn on the Christmas lights and the tree before we take them down. In some countries around the world Three Kings Day is still a school holiday.

Why is the Epiphany so important?

The gospel of Matthew tries to explain to us that Jesus was recognized and worshipped as a King by wise and powerful men. The wise men were foreigners, they were not Jews. The story helped people to see that the coming of Jesus was a special event for the whole world. The three wise men also brought gifts of Gold Frankincense and Myrrh

As you return to school tomorrow keep Little Christmas/Three Kings Day alive and in the hearts of your students by trying out a short simple meditation. This meditation was inspired by one of my lecturers in college.

Speaker:

(Ask students to get comfortable in chairs or go to the school oratory)

I invite you to close your eyes. Concentrate on your breathing. Begin to listen to all the noises around you. The ticking of the clock, cars in the distance etc. Now focus on your own breathing. Has it slowed down? Slowly breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. On my count I would like you to breathe in throughout your nose and out through your mouth.

7/11 technique applied here (Breathe in counting to 7 and breath out counting to 11) this relaxes and helps focus the students.

Bring students into the manger ask them what they see around them and invite them to sit down in the manger. They look up and see a bright star and three wise men following the star they bring three gifts to the baby Jesus. Name the gifts. Ask each student to think of three people in their own lives that brought gifts into their lives. However, get them to think of different kind of gifts like love, friendship, trust, happiness, (perhaps the gifts we see on the Advent Wreath). Ask them to imagine themselves looking into a mirror and to look at themselves. What do they see? Are the happy with what they see? Tell them that they are all beautiful in the eyes of God. Tell them to pick one important person in their own lives who have given them certain gifts that has helped them become the person they are today. This person is now standing beside them in the mirror. Tell each student that they are beautiful in the eyes of this person. Ask God to bless this person.

Slowly invite the students to quietly open their eyes.

Class activity can follow this short mediation. Discussing each students ‘special’ person. Worksheets etc.

The Christmas Story told using Social Networking

Here are two videos that tell the Christmas Story using social networking and social media! Helps bring the nativity into the 21st century.

How social media, web and mobile tell the story of the Nativity.
Christmas story told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon…

Times change, the feeling remains the same.

This video is an artistic take on how the story of the nativity might have read had a social network existed at the time of Jesus’s birth. Follow this historical period as it unfolds as a digital narrative. This vignette is great for highlighting the truths and circumstances of our Savior’s birth in a fresh, unique way.