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Activity Overview


Holidays are incredibly significant in religion, and highlight stories, seasons, or other significant aspects of a religion. Many Christian holidays celebrate important moments in their people's history. In this activity, students will create a spider map highlighting the major holidays celebrated by the Christians. They should describe the significance of each holiday and create an illustration to help summarize what it is and how it is practiced.


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a spider map focusing on 3-5 different major holidays in Christianity.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify at least three major Christian holidays and write their name in the title box.
  3. For each cell write 1-3 sentence descriptions about each holiday explaining its significance.
  4. Create an illustration that represents each holiday using appropriate scenes, characters, symbols or items.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Requirements: Minimum of 3 cells showcasing different major holidays celebrated by Christian people. Appropriate scenes to illustrate each cell. 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/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [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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Religious Holidays
Create a storyboard that identifies important holidays to a specific religion. Illustrate each holiday and write a short description that explains its significance.
Proficient Emerging Beginning Needs Improvement
Identification of Holiday
All holidays are correctly identified and are significant to the religion.
Most holidays are correctly identified.
Most significant holidays are missing, incomplete, or incorrect.
No holidays are correctly identified.
Descriptions
Descriptions accurately explain the holiday and highlight its significance.
Descriptions mostly accurately and explain the holidays' significance.
Descriptions contain inaccuracies in their explanations, or do not highlight the holidays' significance.
Descriptions are missing or too minimal to score.
Illustrations
Illustrations include appropriate scenes, characters and items that accurately represent the holiday and reflect time, effort, thought, and care.
Illustrations are mostly accurate and reflect time and effort.
Illustrations are somewhat inaccurate and show minimal effort, time, and care.
Illustrations are inaccurate or inappropriate and are missing too many elements or are too minimal to score.
English Conventions
There are no errors in spelling, grammar, or mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions reflect careful proofreading.
There are a few errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions show accuracy and some proofreading.
There are several errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. Most writing portions do not reflect proofreading or accuracy.
Errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics in writing portions of the storyboard seriously interfere with communication.


Frequently Asked Questions About Illustrating Holidays in Christianity

1

What are some of the important Christian holidays?

Important Christian holidays include Christmas, which commemorates the birth of Jesus, Easter, which marks the resurrection of Jesus, Pentecost, which marks the arrival of the Holy Spirit, and several feast days honoring saints. There are also some other important holidays that are celebrated throughout the world such as Good Friday and Season of Advent.

2

How can students summarize all the information regarding the holidays in Christianity?

Students can use different graphic organizers to summarize different types of information. For instance, Spider maps can be used to discuss about different types of holidays by using illustrations and short descriptions for each holiday, Venn diagrams can be used to summarize similarities and differences between different types of holidays, and Maps can be used to associate holidays with time and history and discuss the evolution of holidays overtime and their interaction with other holidays.

Frequently Asked Questions About Illustrating Holidays in Christianity

What are some of the important Christian holidays?

Important Christian holidays include Christmas, which commemorates the birth of Jesus, Easter, which marks the resurrection of Jesus, Pentecost, which marks the arrival of the Holy Spirit, and several feast days honoring saints. There are also some other important holidays that are celebrated throughout the world such as Good Friday and Season of Advent.

How can students summarize all the information regarding the holidays in Christianity?

Students can use different graphic organizers to summarize different types of information. For instance, Spider maps can be used to discuss about different types of holidays by using illustrations and short descriptions for each holiday, Venn diagrams can be used to summarize similarities and differences between different types of holidays, and Maps can be used to associate holidays with time and history and discuss the evolution of holidays overtime and their interaction with other holidays.




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