The Bible: The Living Word of God

Teacher Guide 

(3 Reviews)

By Lauren Lefrancois and Vanessa Sibley Mudd


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This course provides an introduction to the Sacred Scriptures and to the unfolding of salvation history, with a particular focus on Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of salvation history. Revelation, both divine and natural, is explored, as are inspiration, interpretation, and exegesis.

The course guides the students in coming to know the people of salvation history, including the early leaders of Israel; the judges, kings, and the prophets; and the history of salvation as revealed in the New Testament. The students also learn about the role of the Scriptures in the life of faith for the individual as well as for the life of the Church.

Product Details

Publisher: Saint Mary's Press

Copyright: Feb. 18, 2011

Format: Spiral

Size: 8.5 x 11

Length: 190 pages

Item number: 1244

ISBN: 978-1-59982-001-9

ISBN-10: 1-59982-001-3

Special Feature

The Living in Christ Series

  •  Makes the most of the wisdom and experience of Catholic high school teachers as they empower and guide students to participate in their own learning.
  • Engages students' intellect and responds to their natural desire to know God.
  • Encourages faith in action through carefully crafted learning objectives, lessons, activities, active learning, and summative projects that address multiple learning styles.

What you will find . . .

  • Each Living in Christ student book is developed in line with the U.S. Bishops' High School Curriculum Framework and provides key doctrine essential to the course in a clear and accessible way, making it relevant to the students and how they live their lives.
  • Each Living in Christ teacher guide carefully crafts the lessons, based on the key principles of Understanding by Design, to guide the students' understanding of key concepts.
  • Living in Christ offers an innovative, online learning environment featuring flexible and customizable resources to enrich and empower the teacher to respond to the diverse learning needs of the students.
  • The Living in Christ series is available to you in traditional full-color text and in digital textbook format, offering you options to meet your preferences and needs.

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Customer Reviews

By Sr. Katherine Feely, SND, high school educator

Living in Christ is a remarkable new curriculum designed to meet the faith formation needs of today's students while equipping the teacher with an extensive yet flexible array of ideas, resources, and content. This series is student-centered and attentive to the variety of ways students engage the content of their faith. It lays a strong catechetical foundation, integrating Scripture and Tradition through content development, relevant praxis, and reflection. It is well designed to form disciples for the 21st century. The method, approach, and content engage the head as well as the heart. Living in Christ draws upon the experience and expertise of the teacher and provides every tool necessary to lead students into the learning process, providing an encounter with Christ that will lead them to discover the relevance of living their faith for a lifetime.

By Patrick Tiernan, Boston College High School

The Living in Christ curriculum is more than another textbook series. Scholarly without being abstract and engaging without being overbearing, it serves as the ideal intersection of bringing the Good News into any classroom while recognizing that students come from diverse backgrounds with unique learning styles. It reclaims the great biographies in the communion of saints while inviting students to examine their own spiritual formation. This is the perfect intellectual companion for the high school classroom: grounded in the Catechism while challenging students to reflect on their relationship with God in a rational and authentic way. For teachers, it serves as the ideal resource for teaching adolescents in the 21st century by laying the foundation for religious instruction in terms of what is essential to know, but still providing numerous options to build upon! From prayer activities and doctrinal clarifications to the unique charism of Catholicism and the individuals that constitute the Church, Living in Christ stands out as the vanguard for what high school theology should look like. Students will be drawn to the concise format of the books and the sidebar topics, covering everything from key historical events to models of spirituality. I would be amazed if this series does not become the benchmark for other religion textbooks.

By Mary Hansel Parlin, Cotter High School religion teacher

I love the ease of using the teacher guide for The Bible. The icons mark which step I can choose to use for each section. Since each of my classes tends to comprise a variety of learners, I need a variety of ways to teach. My favorite part is the preassessment that is provided. Not many teacher guides include this important step of finding out what students already know or what needs to be emphasized in a unit. I also appreciate the quiz and testing questions. Although I always modify the questions and content to specifically fit my classroom, the variety of multiple-choice, matching, open-ended questions and long essays give me a starting point to begin my ending assessments. It is much easier for me to edit ideas than to have to create them for each section. The use of film or music is so important to the students I teach. I usually show a segment of a film, not the entire movie. The pre-questions for the film and the discussion questions that follow help me to clue in the students to what they should be watching for. If I expect students to approach reading materials with questions, then it is also appropriate to ask for the same intellectual curiosity for films.
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