Guide - Process
(Credit - RE Team Catholic Schools Office, Maitland-Newcastle)
To help students remember the names of the Prophets in the Bible, play 'People
Scrabble' in groups of 4 - 5. Print names of 30 characters from the Bible (10 are to be
prophets) on cards. Shuffle cards and place face down. Students take turns to draw the top
card and write the name on a piece of grid paper, as in Scrabble.
If unable to place the name keep the card and try later.
I point for each name written on the grid, 2 points for names identified as
prophets and written on the grid. - 1 point for each card still held as the end of the
Winner - the person with most points when one person has no cards left.
This WebQuest consists of 5 activities. The first four activities are all
team based (the team consists of four students) while the final activity - Activity 5, is
an individual activity.
Each of the activities uses the Jigsaw
method - getting the various groups to research and investigate various aspects of the
overall task and report back to the class. There is a class activity at the end of each of
the individual tasks so that students, as a class group, can come together to review and
discuss/debate what they have learnt.
The five activities are:
2. What is
Your Prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures
in Australia - in our History and Today?
Teachers need to supervise the selection into student
groups being mindful of the requirements of each group particularly in Activity 3 - Know
the Prophets in the Hebrew Scriptures.
student will have to carry out the tasks listed below. Therefore each student will have a
chance of presenting, recording, designing and being the group leader. The group does not
have to be cohesive as part of the pedagogy of webquests is for the students to learn to
work together as a team.
students to form into groups (3 - 4 students/group). Note that there is provision for 32
students within the class. However, the more ideal number is 28 - four students in seven
groups. The webquest provides for 7 groups so if the class group is lower than 28,
teachers will have to take this into account when working out group sizes.
Duties: Each of the students will have certain roles to play within the group: Recorder,
Presenter, Designer/Researcher and Group Leader and each will have the opportunity to
perform each of these roles as they progress through the activities.
writes down the group's decisions pulling together the essential elements of the
speaks for the group, presenting their groups final product
gets material for the group and works on the final product
ensures that all members are contributing to the group's activities and acts as the
Students have to investigate 4
- 8 different messages they hear each day and write them up to be discussed in class. They
also have to discuss the messages they know about from the Bible.
will need to revisit the previous units of work and also elicit from the students their
knowledge of messages from the Scriptures.
a class, students are to share their messages, then discuss and list the 10 most common
messages heard each day and 5 messages from the Bible. They have to reach a class
consensus about which of these messages is the most popular and write them up on the class
will need to go through the process of how to reach class
consensus. This link outlines the process of building consensus.
: What is a Prophet?
this activity, students have to come up with a definition of the word "Prophet"
and distinguish the difference between a Messenger and a Prophet. This is a crucial
definition for Activity 4!
each group has decided on their definition, as a class, students are to decide the meaning
for "Prophet". Again, students will need to go through the consensus building
process. Write this up on the class noticeboard. This definition will need to be referred
to during Activity 4. (It might also need to be changed!).
3 Activity 3: Know Your Prophets in the Hebrew
are given either 2 or 3 Hebrew Scripture Prophets to research in detail and then present
their findings to the class in a creative way.
If there are only 7 groups, teachers might like to
allocate the Group 8 Prophets and Lamentations to other groups. Some Prophets have more
information than others.
are those that are recorded in the Catholic Bible.
Students are to:
||Make a timeline of their
prophet. State when the prophet existed and under which ruler.
||List their Prophet's
characteristics - what was he like?
||List his important messages.
||Draw a cartoon of one of these
||Be prepared to announce one of
their Prophet's messages in a creative way: a rap song,poster, banner, radio announcement,
Power Point presentation or "interview" (they will have to make up the interview
questions and responses)
||Make up 5 questions about
||Make a presentation to the
class on their Prophets which includes their cartoon, their Prophet's message
and facts about him including his qualities.
starting information is given within each Prophet's Profile and a list of other resources
to go to collect more information. Teachers might need to help students will some of the
information given - some of the language/content might be difficult for some students.
Images of the Prophets have also been given for the student's presentations.
Group 1: Isaiah (first), Malachi
Group 2: Isaiah (later), Zechariah
Group 3: Jeremiah, Haggai
Group 4: Ezekiel, Zephaniah
Group 5: Daniel, Habakkuk
Group 6: Hosea, Joel,
Group 7: Obadiah, Jonah, Micah
(optional) Lamentations, Nahum, Baruch
Class Activity A:
During the presentations, students are to listen and record
what they think are the qualities of a Prophet on the sheet
As a class, students are to come to a consensus about
these qualities and write them up on the class noticeboard.
Class Activity B:
After the presentations,
have two or three groups join together to construct a board game using the
questions each group has made up about their prophet.
Using Technology and Design elements, students are to
design and construct a board game similar to Snakes and Ladders, Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit
or one that this larger group would wish to make.
this is completed, students are to swap games with another larger group and "Play the
Game"! They might even evaluate the game and give it a rating based on creativity,
fun, interest and content.
4 - Prophets in Australia - in our History and today?
|This section is essential for the
The Big Question: "Are there Prophets in Australia - in our History
Students are to take on ROLES or PERSPECTIVES:
1. Championing the Prophet
2. Championing the Hero
3. Championing the "Good" Person, and,
4. Championing the Leader.
are to investigate various Australians and place them into the categories of Prophets,
heroes, good people or leaders. There needs to be 4 students to a group. They have to be prepared to defend their categories.
Group 8 is optional and is only given in case the class size is
greater than 28.
||Vida Goldstein, Sr. Elizabeth Kenny,
Dr. Tim Flannery, Steve Irwin and Ian Kiernan
||Dr. Faith Bandler,
Allan Jones, Eddie Mabo, Dick Smith, and Ondine Sherman
Ahn Do, Paul
Kelly, Fr. Chris Riley, Jack Mundey, and Dame Roma Mitchell
Gough Whitlam, Michael Leunig, Arthur Stace, and Edith Cowan
Dr. Helen Caldicott, Henry Bournes Higgins, Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods
Dame Edith Lyons, Lowjita (Lois) O'Donoghue and Sir
Stanley, Catherine Helen Spence, John Flynn, Eva Burrows and Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop
David Bussau, Sir Gustav Nossal, Professor Graeme Clark, and, Mary
students are to hand in their answers the Focus questions for assessment. This is a
critical part of the process.
a class, students are to come to a consensus about which people are Prophets in Australia
today and be prepared to give reasons for their choice. Has the definition of a Prophet
5 - Culminating Activity
This activity is an
individual activity that can be easily used as the main assessment for each student. There
is only one activity that is a group activity and students are required to get permission
to carry out this activity from the teacher.
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