Teacher-Written Lesson

Life Issues Project and Presentation Rubric

  • Written by Jose L Gonzalez Wakeham
  • 3 weeks - 1 month

Lesson Overview

These are comprehensive guidelines for a Catholic social teaching life issues project presentation. Students choose group members to work with (I like to have group sizes between 3-5 people) as well as a topic, e.g. contraception, abortion, reproductive technologies, cloning, stem rell research, capital punishment, or euthanasia. I generally give them 3 weeks to 1 month to complete if an honors class; if a non-honors class I give them a full week in the library and allow them to complete the entire project in class. They must do independent research and produce a visual presention (PowerPoint, Prezi); a media component (either videos/songs created by the students or appropriate ones they identify); a handout for all students in the class (e.g. a trifold brochure, a worksheet, flyer, or crossword puzzle); and a quiz/assessment for the class to take after their presentations have been delivered. 

The project has several guidelines, including to analyze the issue's effect on society, to relate it to the diginity of the human person, to summarize its legislative history, to describe the Church's stance on the issue, and to connect the issue to cultural thought, including ties to the effects of the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Nihilism, and moral relativism. 

Recommended For

Grade Level: High School

Subject: Current Events, English, Philosophy, Religion, Speech and Debate, Public Speaking

Learner: Traditional Classroom, Advanced Placement, Gifted Learners

Tagged as: human dignity,  current events,  controversial issues,  catholic social teaching

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