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Sharing the Good News

This activity helps students prepare to share the Good News of Jesus with different individuals or groups, and then act out how they would do so, given the individual's or group's particular needs and characteristics.

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Your Relationship with Jesus

This worksheet leads students to reflect on one of three Gospel passages in which Jesus interacts with the people around him and how he shows them compassion and mercy. Students will also reflect on their own relationship with Jesus and …

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Chapter K: Let Your Voice Be Heard: Synod on Cyberbullying

Students are challenged to write a speech as if they were a member of Pope Francis’ synod addressing the problem of cyberbullying.

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Chapter G: Design a Monastery

Students design a monastery based on the responsibilities and needs of the monks.

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Exploring the Lectionary

In this activity, partners read the readings for a specific feast day and identify key symbols, similarities, and differences that help make Mass more meaningful.

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Final Performance Tasks for Unit 4

This handout provides two final project possibilities for Unit 4.

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Paul’s Missionary Journeys

This small-group activity asks students to read a Scripture passage about one of Paul’s missionary journeys. Students must then create several blog posts describing the story.

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Miracles

This small-group activity asks students to read several versions of a miracle of Jesus. Groups must then answer questions and create a storyboard to accompany the Scripture passage.

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Rubrics for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 3

This is the rubric to assess the final project possibilities for Unit 3.

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Final Performance Tasks for Unit 3

This handout provides two project possibilities for students to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts learned in Unit 3.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 8

The final performance task options for Unit 8 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include writing journal entries from World War I to today, or writing an original graphic novel or comic book about the Church in …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 7

The final performance task options for Unit 7 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include creating a children’s book about the Catholic Church in the United States, or creating a PowerPoint presentation about the Catholic Church in …

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Brochure on Vatican I

Work with your group to create a six-panel (folded) brochure describing the history and work of Vatican Council I.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6

The final performance task options for Unit 6 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include coming up with interview questions for Pope Pius IX, or creating the front page of a newspaper from the day after Vatican …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5

The final performance task options for Unit 5 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include creating a gallery of original art on the missionaries of the church in the age of exploration, or creating a Christian missionary …

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Creating a Promotional Brochure

Your group has been assigned to create a brochure about one of the two major religious orders to emerge during the Catholic Reformation: the Jesuits or the Carmelites. Imagine that you are members of this new religious order during the …

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Web Quest on Renaissance Culture

Write your group member’s names at the top of this handout, and circle the topic assigned to your group. Use the Internet to locate three reliable sources about your group’s assigned topic in Renaissance culture. Use this handout to organize …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 3

The final performance task options for Unit 3 of Church History: Apostolic Times to Today. The options include creating a podcast about the Church in the High Middle Ages, or creating a journal of a Christian in the High Middle …

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Handout: Images of God in Scripture

Circle the Scripture passage that your teacher assigns you in the following list. Reflect on your assigned Scripture passage using the questions below. Use poetry, prose, painting, illustration, sculpture, or another medium to depict an image of God that is …

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Final Performance Task Options

The final performance task options for Unit 3 focusing on the Paschal Mystery, the Holy Spirit and the Church, and the mission of the Church. The options include exploring one important ministry in a diverse Church, creating a poster comparing …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 2

Options of final performance tasks for Unit 2 focusing on faith, the Trinity, the Kingdom of God, and creation in the image of God. The options include writing a personal creed, creating a Holy Trinity play, or exploring three Kingdom …

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The Bible’s Big Picture (Part I)

A worksheet with Scripture passages to cut out.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 1

Options of final performance tasks for Unit One about the basics of Catholicism, Scripture and Tradition, and Reason and Revelation. The options include reflecting on the Catholic faith in an essay, writing a personal story about your salvation history, or …

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The Images of Jesus Book

Read through the passages below, and select seven you like best. Create a booklet of drawings around the seven images you chose from the readings. Using copies of the handout, “Images of Jesus” (Document #: TX003029), fill in the missing …

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The Last Words of Jesus

Read the following seven passages from Scripture, which each contain one of the seven last words (meaning phrases or statements) of Jesus. Create a song title for each Scripture passage, expressing what you think these last statements meant to Jesus. …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 7

Final performance task options for unit 7 that assess the students’ knowledge of consecrated life. The options include writing a biographical essay about a woman or a man who chose the consecrated life, or giving an oral presentation on a …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6

Options for final performance tasks for unit 6 focusing on the vocation to ordained life and the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The options for final performance tasks include creating a brochure on priestly formation for prospective candidates, or writing a …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5

This assessment presents the final performance task options for unit 5 focusing on the priesthood. The options include interviewing a priest, or “adopting” a missionary priest project.

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A Graphic Novel or Play

A project where students are asked to create either a graphic novel or a play based on what they have learned in the Old Testament.

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Researching and Writing about Scripture

A wrap-up project on researching and writing about Scripture.

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Revelation Gallery Walk Stations

Directions for five gallery walk stations: Revelation and Salvation History, The Longing for God, Natural Revelation, Finding God in All Things, and God’s Revelation in Scripture.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 8 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 8 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 8 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

Several final performance task options for Unit 8 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 7 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 7 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 7 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

Several final performance task options for Unit 7 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Paul's Missionary Journeys

A group assignment on Paul’s missionary journeys.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 6 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

Several final performance task options for Unit 6 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Analyzing Artistic Depictions of the Book of Glory

A group activity where students analyze the artistic depictions of the Book of Glory.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 5 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 5 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

Several final performance task options for Unit 5 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 4 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 4 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 4 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

Several final performance task options for Unit 4 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 3 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 3 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 3 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

Several final performance task options for Unit 3 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 2 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

An evaluation rubric for Unit 2 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 2 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

Several final performance task options for Unit 2 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 1 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ”

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for unit 1 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 1 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ"

Several final performance task options for Unit 1 of “The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christ.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 8 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 8 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 8 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 8 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 7 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 7 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 7 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 7 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 6 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 6 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Miracle Presentation Plans

A planning sheet for a group presentation on miracles.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 5 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 5 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 5 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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A Service Project

A service project that will help students imitate Jesus’ love for those in need.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 4 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 4 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 4 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 4 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 3 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 3 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 3 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 3 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 2 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 2 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 2 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 2 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 1 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

An evaluation rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 1 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final performance Task Options for Unit 1 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 1 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” New Testament Teacher Guide.

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Using Rubrics to Assess Work

A reading on using rubrics to assess students’ work.

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Using Final Performance Tasks to Assess Understanding

A reading on how to use final performance tasks to assess student understanding.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 8 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 8 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 8 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 8 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 7 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 7 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 7 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 7 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 6 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 6 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 5 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 5 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 5 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Moses and Joshua: Small-Group Project, from “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

A small-group project where students compare and contrast Moses and Joshua as leaders of Israel, from “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Rubric for Final Performance Task Options for Unit 4 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 4 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 4 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 4 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Festivals and Holy Days: Research Project, from “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

A research project on festivals and holy days, from “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Rubric for the Final Performance Task Options for Unit 3 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 3 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 3 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 3 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 2 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 2 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 2 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 2 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 1 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 1 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 1 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide

Several final performance task options for Unit 1 of “The Catholic Youth Bible” Old Testament Teacher Guide.

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Paul, the Missionary Adventurer: The Comic Book Version

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It is a project idea for students to create a comic book/graphic novel about Paul's adventures in the Acts of the Apostles.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 2

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for assessing students who have recently learned about the Church, especially the birth of the Church at Pentecost.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 1

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for assessing students who have recently studied the Church, including the scriptural accounts of early Church.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6

This resource is from the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied the Paschal Mystery, especially the themes of redemptive suffering and grace.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied the Paschal Mystery, especially the birth of the Church at Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit, and the …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 4

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. If offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied the Paschal Mystery and the redemptive nature of Jesus' suffering.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 3

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers project ideas for students who have recently studied the Paschal Mystery, especially the life and ministry of Jesus Christ in the Gospels.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 2

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for assessing students who have recently studied the Paschal Mystery and salvation history.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 1

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for a final assessment for students who have been learning about the Paschal Mystery.

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Portfolio Instruction

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers instruction to students who must put together a portfolio of their readings, writings and assignments from lessons on Jesus and Christology.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 8

This resource is part of the Living in Christ series. It offers various project ideas for students who are or have been studying scripture, especially the New Testament gospels and letters.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 7

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied scripture, especially the New Testament portrait of Jesus Christ.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied scripture, especially the Old Testament and the prophets.

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The Best King of Israel

This handout is part of the Living in Christ Series. It outlines the research questions for students to explore while studying various kings of the Old Testament.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied scripture, especially Old Testament leadership qualities in the kings and judges.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 4

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. If offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied scripture, especially important Old Testament characters.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 3

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas of assessing students who have recently studied scripture, especially original sin and salvation historys' culmination in Jesus Christ.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 2

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for assessing students who have recently studied the Bible, including inspiration, divine revelation, and exegesis.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 1

This is a helpful resource for coming up with final assessments for students after reviewing biblical scholarship, history, genres, and criticism.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 7

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied christology, especially Jesus' suffering, death and resurrection in salvation history.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied christology, especially the moral teachings and model of Jesus Christ.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied christology, especially Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and the fulfillment of the Ten Commandments.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 4

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied christology, especially Jesus' relationships with Mary and the disciples.

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Research Ideas for the Life and Times of Jesus

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Several key questions about the culture and customs in the life and times of Jesus are posed for students to investigate further.

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The Life and Times of Jesus

This handout is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for writing assignment students may do as an introduction to Biblical exegesis.

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Exploring the Themes in Paul's Epistles

Background for the Catechist This session invites the participants to work in small groups to research some of Paul's major theological themes and create billboard representations to "sell" their assigned theme. In this way the young people get a deeper …

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Scripture Search and Discussion: Living by the Spirit of Jesus

(25 minutes) Before the session. Ask one of the participants to serve as a reader. Then, write each of the four following words or phrases on a separate sheet of paper. If your group is large, you might want to …

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The Final Beginning: Ascension and Pentecost

Overview After Jesus' death, his followers were fearful, angry, grief-stricken, confused, and shattered. About fifty days later, at Pentecost, they were confident, joyful, determined, committed, and passionate. This topic of this session covers the time from the Resurrection until the …

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Lenten Justice Crosses

OVERVIEW Through this hands-on project, the young people help spread the Lenten message of conversion to justice. They also become familiar with the message of the prophet Micah and the traditional spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Suggested Time: …

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Feminine Images of God

Look up the following Scripture references and summarize each in the space provided. For each group of readings, come up with a category or theme. Isaiah 66:13 Isaiah 46:3 Isaiah 49:13-16 Hosea 11:1,3-4 Wisdom 16:25-26   Psalm 22:9-10 Isaiah 66:9 …

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Scripture Puppet Show

This assignment allows students to use their own creativity in the understanding and application of the Scriptures. Their grade for this assignment will be based on their ability to do the following tasks: Involve all members of the group. Create …

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Names and Images of God

Fill in the three columns ("Names for God," "Images of God," "Feelings Evoked by Names and Images") for each of the age categories in which you have lived to date. In the "Names for God" box, list all the names …

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Taking Off on the Ten Commandments

This classroom strategy is based on a method used by Fr. Steve Brice while teaching religion at Aquinas High School, La Crosse, Wisconsin. Young people love humor and satire. One way to alleviate pressures students feel from the culture around …

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Using Imaginative Retellings in Teaching the Bible

Biblical stories have been imaginatively retold over and over again for centuries. A particular type of retelling, in which students assume the role of a biblical character then retell the story using a first-person point of view, has proven effective …

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Introductory Activities for Teaching Christology

Mimi McCaul, who teaches at La Salle High School in Pasadena, California, passes along to you some of the strategies she uses in the course Jesus of History, Christ of Faith. Thanks, Mimi! Introductory Activity On the first or second …

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Back to School: Beatitude Jingles and Cheers

Jesus taught us what happiness is all about in a Christian lifestyle and summed it up in the Beatitudes. Many people know the Ten Commandments by heart, and that is great. But as a Christian, we should also know the …