Fertile Question: Who rocked the Church?
Core Content Area Three:
Teachers before you start:
Familiarise yourself with the Teacher background and digital tools and resources referred to in this Learning Byte.
Stage of Inquiry:
Introducing the Renaissance and the reformation and letting the light in today
Students discuss what they know about the time period known as the Renaissance and the Reformation.
Students listen as the teacher explains that the reformers of this time period used many different ways to communicate their key messages including the creative arts.
Students create a Trading Card that features a famous artwork (choose from the list below), the birth, death and place details of the artist and a PMI (plus minus interesting points about the artist or the work). An example can be found here. Teachers note that many of the artist's works are not suitable for viewing by year Eight students so a free inquiry is not suitable without supervision.
Some examples of suitable artists' works with commentary include: Rembrandt The return of the prodigal son, Caravaggio The conversion of St Paul, Leonardo da Vinci The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci St. John the Baptist, Michelangelo The Holy Family, Michelangelo The Pieta. Students view the media clips where available and use other research methods to find information for their Trading Card. Students construct and share their cards and discuss the importance of art during the Renaissance as a way to educate those that couldn't read and the place of the renaissance artist as a reformer. How else was art used by the patrons that sponsored the artists? (Michelangelo's involvement with St Peter's Basilica and the Sistine chapel is a good example to explore). They discuss ways that the creative arts have been used to enrich the life and culture of their school.
Students share ideas about what they know about the Protestant Reformation and key reformers such as Martin Luther and Henry VIII. They read the brief introduction to the main events and characters of the period of time known as the Reformation,view the clip about Martin Luther and read the article about the English Reformation. In pairs they devise one research question about what they saw or read that they would like to investigate further. Some examples include: Why was Martin Luther unhappy with the Catholic Church? What were his 95 theses about? How did the Church respond to Martin Luther after he nailed his 95 theses to the church doors? How did Luther's ideas spread? What happened to all the Catholic Cathedrals during the English Reformation? When did the Church of England get called the Anglican Church? Once they have established their question they research to find the answer. Students present their question and their response to the class using a digital tool such as Haiku Deck, Padlet or through discussion.
Students use a Think Pair Share strategy to discuss the following: Martin Luther nailed his theses on the door of his local church because that was how ideas were discussed and information communicated in those times. What might a Martin Luther be writing about today to challenge the Church and how might he or she share their thoughts and invite discussion?
Students read about Pope Francis named in 2013 as Time Magazine's Person of the year. How might Pope Francis be considered a modern day reformer? Read the latest on the Pope's Twitter feed. Discuss.
Sorting Out and Evaluating
Identify and investigate the impact of the writings and key messages of significant reformers in the Church
Students investigate significant spiritual writers during the 15th 16th and 17th centuries. Some examples include:
Evaluate and Communicate
Letting the light in today - Create a class book of wisdom
Students locate one great quote from one of the spiritual writers investigated during this Learning Byte who in the midst of all the conflict and corruption of the time attempted to use their writings to continue the mission of Jesus. The quote might be about one of the following: prayer, truth, living a good life, gratitude, praise, love, forgiveness, beauty etc. They record the quote and justify its significance for either the people of the time or people today. Students design a page either on paper or using Photo Peach or Instaquote to present their quote and their justification for its significance to be included in a class "Big Book of Wisdom". Students consider possible ways that the collected words of wisdom could impact their school community as it continues the mission of Jesus. E.g. Quote of the day in daily notices, school newsletter, website etc.
Some examples of quotes are given below:
"Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing make you afraid.
All things are passing.
God alone never changes.
Patience gains all things.
If you have God you will want for nothing.
God alone suffices".
— St Teresa, The bookmark of Teresa of Ávila
“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.”
― Julian of Norwich
"Strive to preserve your heart in peace; let no event of this world disturb it; reflect that all must come to an end."
- St John Of The Cross