Great Christian Classics: Volume 1 Teacher Guide
Subtitled Five Remarkable Narratives of the Faith, this course studies 5 writings that influenced Christianity using abridged texts of The Confessions of Augustine, St. Patrick's Confessions and Breastplate, John Knox's History of the Reformation of Religion Within the Realm of Scotland, John Bunyan's Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, and John Paton's autobiography. In addition to Scripture verse study, tasks range from vocabulary to study questions (focused on comprehension) and more in-depth, short answer critical-thinking questions, as directed in the reproducible Teacher Guide (221 pgs, perforated, 3-hole punched). The guide also includes tests and worksheets (with answers), glossaries, and grading help.
The vital resource for grading all assignments from the Great Christian Classics: Volume 1 course, which includes:
- Instructional insights enhanced with worksheets and additional readings, all from a Christian perspective.
- Critical thinking and vocabulary building activities that help students acquire knowledge and understanding.
OVERVIEW: This course is designed to introduce the student to important concepts written by some of the most influential Christians of the early church. The student will learn vocabulary and how to effectively apply it, develop a deeper familiarity with the Bible, discern the nuances and cultural references in the text, and utilize critical thinking to demonstrate a working understanding of each classical work. Students completing this course will explore five classical works that have influenced and defined tenets of Christianity, be able to understand the context of each writers literary work within their culture, discover more of the Bible through in-depth research, and better understand the life, theology, and worldview of some of the greatest Christian men in church history.
Features: Each suggested weekly schedule has two easy-to-manage lessons that combine reading, worksheets, and vocabulary-building opportunities. Worksheets, quizzes, and tests are perforated and three-hole punched materials are easy to tear out, hand out, grade, and store. Adjust the schedule and materials needed to best work within your educational program. Space is given for assignments dates. There is flexibility in scheduling. Adapt the days to your school schedule.
Workflow: Students will read the pages in their book and then complete each section of the Teacher Guide. They should be encouraged to complete as many of the activities and projects as possible as well. Tests are given at regular intervals with space to record each grade. If used with younger students, they may be given the option of only choosing activities or projects of interest to them and taking open book tests.
Lesson Scheduling: Space is given for assignment dates. There is flexibility in scheduling. For example, the parent may opt for a MW schedule rather than a M, W, F schedule. Each week listed has four to five days. Adapt the days to your school schedule. As the student completes each assignment, he/she should put an X in the box.
God intends us to learn from the lives of faithful Christians. Missionary stories, Bible narratives, biographies of faithful men and women all serve to broaden our understanding of God and how He is at work in the lives of His people. And they serve to challenge us to love and good deeds. This new series from Generations With Vision provides material for just that sort of edifying and God-glorifying study.
Five Remarkable Narratives is a compilation of the autobiographies of five God-touched lives. Each one will leave you awed by God's mercy and grace and challenged to live more faithfully. Satisfyingly challenging reading for the serious high school student (or adult student of any age), these narratives take you from northern Africa (St. Augustine) to Ireland (Patrick) to Scotland (Knox) to England (Bunyan) to the South Pacific (Paton). In time they take you from the Roman Empire into the Middle Ages, through the Reformation and into the 19th century.
The Study Guide provides a road map through this challenging material. Corresponding to each reading section, there is a set of vocabulary words (define and use in a sentence), a set of study guide questions (recounting key events in the narrative), and sometimes critical thinking questions (personal applications). Each narrative study ends with the completion of an essay chosen from several suggestions. Parents will appreciate the back-of-the-book answer key.
The Study Guide is a worktext which leaves space for written-out answers, however, some students might prefer to provide answers in a digital format. This would probably require the retyping of questions but that would be a minimal time investment. I can even see some students blogging through their course.
If your high school student is ready for a deeper study that will challenge his personal faith as well as his worldview, then plan this course into his life. ~ Janice
It might also work well with this version of the same book:
I don't know how easy it would be to used the book with other versions of these classics. It might depend on which translation was used.