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Nurturing Our Catholic Community Through Word, Worship and Witness
2011-2012 is the Year of Witness
Witnessing Our Catholic Faith – Gr. 10 Curricular Links
Celebrating the third year of the “Word, Worship, Witness” faith program at TCDSB


Welcome to the curricular links page highlighting resources that you can use to celebrate the theme of “Witness” in grade 10 religion.  The links and resources are categorized by issues and themes which are prevalent in specific units.  We trust that educators will know best how to fit an activity into their lesson planning to meet the diverse needs of students. 
You may wish to describe the Ontario Catholic Graduate School Expectations (OCGSE) to students.  They can become aware of the important distinction highlighting what is expected in addition to the normal provincial requirements to graduate.  You can find the OCGSE at: 
Take a moment to also describe the three year faith program, “Word, Worship, Witness” culminating in its final year. 
The focus of the third year is how strongly we witness our faith, with a particular emphasis on the Catholic social teachings.  If you wish to introduce basic Catholic social teachings to your students, feel free to use the following activity and/or a PowerPoint slideshow or PowerPoint video: 


You could integrate the Catholic Social Teachings in Unit 2 rather than as part of your explanation of the Witness Year. 
Unit 1 - Called to Jesus 
With this unit, “Called to Journey”, we can look at the significance of Jesus’ journey to his death and resurrection through a modern day lens.  This short video slideshow, “Way of the Cross: A Reflection on Social Justice” highlights how we can be a witness of our faith in current issues and how others have exemplified virtues through their own journey.
You can also access the video by visiting:
Understanding Jesus as a sacrament of God, as Eucharist to those who hunger for peace and justice, can be expressed through the study of some of the witnesses featured in this video (how they have been Eucharist to others).  The biographies and profiles of these witnesses are offered in the unit resources below (they can be studied throughout the course).  
Furthermore, if it is the season of Lent, you can choose to do the accompanying prayers for each station in the Way of the Cross (the video image for each station can be seen using the PowerPoint slideshow below): 
Unit 2 - Called To Be Church 
Activity – Catholic Social Teachings 
You can discuss the Catholic Social Teachings of the Church if you haven’t already done so in your introduction of the Year 3 Witness Program.  See the first page for the files. 
Activity – Witness Biographies and Profiles 
Priests and nuns have played a significant role in the past ministering to the poor and sick, upholding human rights, defending the vulnerable, and fighting for social justice. 
a)  Read the biography of Fr. John Lee Tae-Seok, “A 21st century saint you’ve never heard of”, who was called to love and serve the lepers in Southern Sudan (accompanied with reflection questions) 
b)  Read the biography of Blessed Mother Teresa and excerpts from her Nobel lecture to examine the message of what it means to love.
c)  Explore the resources below highlighting Archbishop Oscar Romero’s work to liberate the poor in El Salvador 
For secondary lesson plans on the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero:
For a brief biography about Archbishop Oscar Romero with questions: 
For an excellent Powerpoint highlighting the Romero prayer:
d) Explore the resources below highlighting Cardinal Jaime Sin and his reflection on the role of the Church during the People Power Revolution. 
To explore the non-violent People Power (EDSA) revolution in the Philippines when the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, was overthrown, check out a website designed by students on the ORACLE ThinkQuest Education Foundation:
For a biography and reflection about Cardinal Jaime Sin regarding his key role in the EDSA revolution: 
e) Read the profile of Nigerian priest, Fr. Martin Okafor Illozue, working to help the poor in the Philippines.  A
Unit 3: Called to Be and Relate 
Activity – Profiles and Biographies of Witnesses 
Steeped in Jesus’ call to love God with one’s whole body, mind and soul, these Witnesses value the sacredness of the human person. Some challenge us to examine the quality of their relationships in light of the profound example of Jesus’ inclusive love.  
a) Read the biography and reflection of Mary Jo Leddy who looks at the impact of economic culture in our lives and challenges us to live with radical gratitude and the Gospel imperative.  Questions included. 
b) Read the biography of Jean Vanier who values the sacredness of all human beings, especially the most vulnerable in society.  Includes a selection of his quotes and some reflection questions.   
Activity – Videos 
Life is Like a Cup of Coffee – A brief engaging story that challenges viewers to examine what one really values
Interview with God – What surprises God most about humankind, and the message God would want to give on how to live life
Validated – This is a wonderful short film that has won many awards in film festivals (length: 16 minutes).  The importance of “validating” each other is artfully expressed in a moving story filled with humour.  Every moment is entertaining!
Unit 4: Called to Be Holy  
Activity – Witness Profiles and Biographies 
a) During World War II, St. Maximilian Kolbe was faced with the moral decision to risk his own life to save Jews who were being persecuted.  Read his biography with reflection questions. 
b) Read the biography and moving reflection written by Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, “Would Jesus pull the switch?” to gain insight about what it means to accept the call to forgive and love all humans, even murderers.  She calls on readers and the Church to re-examine their position on the issue of capital punishment.  Because of the copyright conditions regarding printing, you may access it online via: 
c)  Read the biography of Dorothy Day who struggled with moral decision-making as a youth and witness her transformation from brokenness to love
Activity – Games and Scenarios Online 
a) In the Face of Death – Interactive activity that examines your response to the moral question – Is murder ever justified?
b) Morality Play - In this activity you will be presented with 19 different scenarios. In each case, you will be asked to make a judgment about what is the morally right thing to do. When you have answered all the questions, you will be presented with an analysis of your responses which should reveal some interesting things about your moral framework and how it compares to others who have completed the activity. 
c) Should You Kill the Fatman? – This activity examines whether you have consistent moral intuitions. 
Activity:  Doing What’s Right Despite Authority and Peer Pressure 
Finally, in studying how conscience frames one’s decision making, one could discuss the importance of speaking out against what is unjust, as well as not conforming to the majority if you know they’re wrong.  Two video clips of famous science experiments can spur your discussion: 
The Milgram Experiment (Re-enactment) – Examining obedience (6.5 min)
This classic experiment tested the willingness of subjects to obey an authority figure even if the instructions were against their conscience.
If you wish to see a useful commentary about the results and its significance please visit the video site and look at the notes below the screen:
The Asch Line Experiment – Examining conformity (4 min)
This is an excellent summary of the classic experiment that showed the influence of peer pressure on subjects to conform.
Unit 5 - Called to Be Just  
Activity – Witness Profiles and Biographies 
Students can grow in their understanding and appreciation of the gospel call to live justly through the experiences of the following witnesses. 
a) Lori Neale – Read the biography of a former Hamilton Catholic District School Board student and her journey from specializing in Chemistry to social activism. 
b) Ryan Hreljac felt a calling at the early age of 6 to help build water wells for those in need in the Global South.  Read his message of hope for other young Canadians. 
c) Craig and Marc Kielburger, founders of Free the Children and Me to We inspire and motivate youth across the world with their story and work. 
d) Cesar Chavez also began at a young age to help others around him, growing in faith to lead meaningful social change in the U.S.
Activity – Millenium Development Goals 
In light of the Catholic Social Teachings and Ontario Catholic Graduate School Expectations, students can explore the role they can play in promoting social justice at a global level.  Learning about and promoting the United Nations Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) are a vision worth sharing with their peers to make a difference. 
The United Nations Millenium Development Goals calls governments around the world to make poverty history.  Citizens from all faith traditions are called to demand their governments to re-commit to the goals.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to get involved on a global project. 
Here are some videos about the MDGs worth showing (and captivating to watch): 
UN Millenium Campaign – a brief funky introduction to the MDGs
1 minute 
UN MDG Campaign – You can make a difference!
1 minute 
MDG at World Cup – There are no spectators – we’re all players!
Facts about poverty and then an introduction to MDGs
Make Poverty History – Bono
Activity – Re-examining Ones Priorities 
Depending on your class, you may consider using the following activities as a way to examine the distinction between basic needs and wants as part of a discussion on changing the way one lives (as described in the Kielburger and Mary Jo Leddy profiles above). 
Activity – Poster Set 
There is an inspiring set of posters that challenge transformation in one’s personal life, family, community, country, and world.  Created by Caritas Australia, it’s colourful images, quotes, and suggested action make for ideal use in the classroom: 
You can divide the class into groups and ask them to think of specific examples of transformation they could take on with each poster.  
Activity – Get Involved in the Board’s Banning Bottled Water Campaign 
The Toronto Catholic District School Board has approved a motion to develop a Bottled-Water Free Policy.  Use the following activity to explore the issue further and how students can become active in the campaign. 
You can also make use of subvertisements in creating a campaign to promote awareness about this or any other issue.  See the next activity. 
Activity – Using Subvertisements to Get Your Message Across 
Subvertising refers to the practice of making spoofs or parodies of corporate and political advertisements in order to make a statement. This can take the form of a new image, or an alteration to an existing image. A subvertisement can also be referred to as meme hack and can be a part of social hacking or culture jamming.  
According to AdBusters, a Canadian magazine and a leading proponent of counter-culture and subvertising, "A well produced 'subvert' mimics the look and feel of the targeted ad, promoting the classic 'double-take' as viewers suddenly realize they have been duped. Subverts create cognitive dissonance. It cuts through the hype and glitz of our mediated reality and, momentarily, reveals a deeper truth within." 
Examples of subvertisements: 
For the Hummer:
For the iPod:
For the “Take Back the Filter” Brita water:
How to create a subvertisement using Movie-Maker or iMovie:
While the following video clip is not a subvertisement, it gives a message warning us about the effects of media in distorting our image of beauty:
(Created by the Dove Self-Esteem Fund)