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Activity Overview


After students gather information about Christianity by reading informative texts, literature, or watching a video, they can display their understanding using a spider map. Students will highlight the important facts about Christianity using illustrations and descriptions. This is a great way to help organize information and can serve as a quick reference when reviewing for tests and quizzes! This example answers the following essential questions about Christianity:

  1. When and where did Christianity originate?
  2. What are some important beliefs in Christianity and what important holidays are celebrated?
  3. What objects or symbols are important or sacred in Christianity?
  4. Where are its followers today and how many people practice Christianity throughout the world?
  5. How do Christian people worship and who are their spiritual leaders?


Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a spider map that describes different important facts and features of Christianity.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Create an illustration that represents each category using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  3. Write a 1-3 sentence description of each cell.
  4. Save and exit when you're done.

Requirements: Minimum of 5 cells showcasing different facts about Christianity. Appropriate scenes to illustrate each category. 1-3 sentence description for each cell demonstrating your understanding.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

Rubric

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World Religion General Facts Spider Map
Create a spider map highlighting important facts about one of the major world religions such as: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Sikhism. Important facts to include are:
When and where did the religion originate?
Who was the founder(s) of the religion and what did they teach their followers?
What do followers of this religion believe and what holidays do they celebrate?
What objects or symbols are important or sacred to people of this religion?
Where are its followers today and how many people practice this religion throughout the world?
How do the followers of this religion worship and who are their spiritual leaders?
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Facts
Text and images include a clear explanation of at least 5 important facts about the religion such as where and when it originated, who its followers are, what they believe and what holidays they celebrate.
Text and images include an explanation of important facts about the religion, but the explanation may lack clarity or there may be some inaccuracies.
Text and images do not explain important facts about the religion. Information is mostly missing or inaccurate.
Storyboard Images and Effort
Student clearly shows effort to convey the facts about the religion through appropriate scenes, characters, items, symbols or infographics. Illustrations clearly show that time, care and effort have been put in.
Student attempts to convey facts about the religion through use of graphics, but the depiction may be confusing, disordered, or lack some detail.
Student does not clearly convey facts about the religion and the depictions are inaccurate or inappropriate.
Spelling and Grammar
Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.
Student makes one or two minor errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.


How To Analyze the Significant Events of Christianity in a Sequence

1

Provide Context

Start by briefing the students about Christianity as a religion and some basic information such as Jesus being the God, the cross and the holy trinity, basic beliefs, and faith. Teachers can also assess the prior knowledge of the students and can develop the discussion based on the insights provided by the students.

2

Identify Significant Events

Help the students identify significant events that led to the development of Christianity, begin by explaining the birth of Jesus and all the people involved, then gradually move towards other significant events such as the crucifixion and resurrection, the early Christian church, the persecution and expansion, and so on.

3

Use Graphic Organizers

Once the students have identified all the crucial events that led to the development of Christianity, they can organize the information using any sort of graphic organizer. Students can also make their own sequence charts using symbols and short descriptions of events on a chart paper.

4

Recommend Readings

Teachers can also recommend students some simple yet informative readings that can help the students look at significant events from different perspectives. Students can dedicate a short time to reading in every class and discuss their thoughts, views, and opinions with their teachers and classmates as a way to reflect on the reading and create a collaborative learning environment.

5

Engage in Discussions

Encourage the students to organize debates and discussions about each aspect and topic they have been reading or researching about. Foster a respectful learning environment and guide the students to be sensitive while discussing certain topics and be mindful of other’s opinions.

Frequently Asked Questions About Christianity Facts

What is the Holy Book that incorporates the major teachings for Christians?

The Bible is the fundamental text for Christians and incorporates the core beliefs of Christianity into one book. It is separated into the New Testament and the Old Testament, which is shared with Judaism. While the New Testament is focused on the life and teachings of Jesus and the early Christian Church, the Old Testament contains materials from ancient Hebrew literature.

What fundamental principles underpin Christianity?

The key principles of Christianity include belief in the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), Jesus' deity and humanity, redemption by grace through trust in Jesus, and the afterlife. Christians also find it important to lead a life similar to Jesus and follow in his footsteps to be kind and compassionate towards humanity.

What is a major holiday celebrated by Christians?

The most significant Christian celebration, Easter, commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus. It serves as the cornerstone of Christian hope and stands for triumph over sin and death.




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