The Church and World Religions
Ms. Strausbaugh 2014-2015
First Quarter Grading
1. Homework (40%):
Readings and assignments from the text. Given in class.
2. Project (30%) "Create
Your Own Religion" DUE: October 10. Typed, double spaced.
3. Quarter Test (30%)
"Create and Take Your Own Test"
DUE: October 25. Instructions above.
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The Church and World Religion
Ms. Strausbaugh 2013-2014
Requirements: Every Quarter
One Test (50%):
Class notes, discussions and assigned readings
Two Assignments (50%): Assignment
must be a minimum of two pages, typed and double spaced, unless otherwise
specified in the syllabus. Please write the honor code on all work.
Assignment #1 … 9/18
Assignment #2 … 10/11
Test #1 … 10/21
choose ONE from the following assignment choices:
- Quiet time and journal keeping: A minimum of five
days, at least twenty minutes each time. A journal entry of at least one
paragraph must accompany each day. The choice of what you do during that
time is up to you. However it should be something that ‘makes you happy’
and something that you have not done for some time e.g. taking time to help
your mom or dad make dinner, talking to a friend whom you haven’t spoken to
in a long time, visiting a grandparent whom you haven’t visited in a while,
taking meditation time, talking to someone with whom you have had an
argument to try to settle the conflict; etc.
- Doing a good deed. Must be something done
intentionally (It cannot be something that you have already done. It must
be done specifically for this project). A one page typed reflection needs
to accompany the assignment.
- Create a symbol that you feel expresses suffering.
This may be a personal form of suffering or suffering in general. Explain
your creation in a one page reflection.
Create a piece of art or symbol
that represents some loss or pain that you have gone through. Again please
explain your creation in a one page reflection.
- A project of your own creation. This must
pre-approved by your teacher.
- Create an in-class meditation from either an Eastern
perspective. Two-three people may develop this meditation. It must be a
minimum of fifteen minutes in length. It must also authentically express
through readings, symbols, prayers, music and rituals Eastern mentality.
You must hand in an outline of the meditation at least one day before the
- Fasting from a luxury (Facebook, Phone, Music, Looking
in a mirror, chocolate etc.). A written journal recounting your fast must
be handed in. This is a ‘five consecutive day’ assignment and will be
explained further in class.
7. Create a visual
representation or symbol (painting, sculpture etc.) of
Eastern thought. Type a one page explanation of your
8. In a two page reflection
please discuss how either the movie Karate Kid part I or Star Wars/The Empire
Strikes Back reflects eastern thought. Please use specific examples
movie of your choice to clarify your thoughts.
Readings for the first quarter.
1. Handouts given in class and put on