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WebQuest Title:      Prayer in School

Dear Colleague: If you are looking for a unit on Prayer in School; Well, You have come to the right spot. This Unit not only offers a WebQuest and activities to help stimulate students and further their cognitive growth but also, this unit, also comes with a bonus. The bonus gives students the opportunity to understand, reflect and appreciate differences as presented in the various religions. The students within their WebQuest groups will research a specific religion from the 5 Great World Religions and Atheism.

Grade Level: 12th

Author:   Ameena Zia 

Date:  April 7, 2006                

Unit Summary:
    Goals/Objectives:

    Days:  10 (50 hour block)


    Content:    
The material to be presented to the students will be about the Establishment Clause, Supreme Court Cases, specifically Engel v. Vitale, Prayer in School,  the Pledge of Allegiance and žGod,Ó Religions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Atheism


    Methods:    
The students will be involved in cooperative learning through group work and class discussions. Instruction will be provided with the aid of visuals, articles, handouts, displays and speakers, insiders, from various religions. To start the students will begin with making a KWL chart where they map the amount of information they already know and what they have learned.  A frayer model chart will be used to explain key terms. This will all culminate with the Webquest activity and presentation.

WebQuest  Summary:
    Goals/Objectives:


    Days:
  7


    Content: 
The students will research information about prayer in school through the plethora of websites provided, collaborate with their group members to design a visual to aid in their presentation for or against prayer in school.  The argument will contain an understanding of other religions (in specific the prayers of other religions).


    Methods:
   Students will use the Internet and the resources provided to research information pertaining to what prayer in school is, the controversy behind it which includes an understanding of the Establishment Clause ( a handout will be provided for all). The students will learn why the Pledge of Allegiance has many roused up by reading articles or visiting sites of those opposing the issue. The students can use pictures, quotes and the information in the webquest and on the computer to design their visual aid and construct their argument for or against Prayer in School.

Teachers Resources

Unit Information:
    

Background Resources

Web-based Subject Matter Content
The Case Against School Prayer:         http://www.ffrf.org/nontracts/schoolprayer.php

Religion in the U.S. Public Schools:      http://www.religioustolerance.org/ps_pray.htm

School Issues-Prayer in School:           http://www.kcls.org/hh/prayer.cfm
School Prayer:                             http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/church-state/prayer.html
Prayer in Your School                         https://www.atpe.org/LegalIss/religion.htm

Web Pedagogy Content
4 Teachers:                  http://www.4teachers.org/
Internet for Classrooms:  http://www.internet4classrooms.com/using_quest.htm
  Civics Online:                          www.civics-online.org/teachers
  First Amendment Schools:       www.firstamendmentschools.org
 
 Other Resources
  Computer Rules
  KWL Chart
  Group Sheet
  Frayer Model Worksheet
  Crossword Puzzle
  Religion Fact Sheet
  Scavenger Hunt Questions
World Religions PowerPoint


Unit Lesson Sequence
 


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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Lecture + Hands On Computer Skill Training: Navigation Online, PPT, Word, Internet + Rules to be followed when on Computers Handout:  Computer Rules
Attention Getter

 To lead us into the Topic

  • Begin with " Let's Take A moment TO Pray!"
  •   Are We Allowed to do this?

KWL Chart for Prayer in School

Handout: KWL Chart  
Callout Groups Group Students, Let them decide what Role they will Play. Handout to write Group Name, Names and Jobs of each Studens. Group Sheet
Directions, Dialogue, Collaborative Work On Computers... Have them Get to the Webquest, how to Use it, Get Comfortable with it. Explain The Task.  Follow On the Overhead
Let it Sink In Questions or Concerns can be addressed at this Point  

 


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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Brief Outline of the Day's Wok on Board Go Over: Establishment Clause, First Amendment, Prayer in School and what it entails briefly. Introduce Key Terms.   Frayer Model Worksheet Worksheets to work on Vocabulary
Group Work WebQuest: Students should Read & Familiarize themselves with the WebQuest in specific the Process and Resources.  
Group Activity Brainstorm Ideas for WebQuest Activity/Project and Visual A Web Chart to write down ideas.

Day 3    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Attention Getter:
  • It is time to begin your Journey
  • Today You Are Going to Surf the Net!
  • "Surf's Up Dude"
Begin Research by using the Resources found on the WebQuest, visit the various websites, Take Notes. Reflect on these: what does the group have to say -- maybe write in the margins your opinions.

 Search the Topics on a Search Engine if you want more information. ie. Google

 Folder with Paper and Group List of Names & Jobs to write down information in
Cognitive Reflection:
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
Do you All Agree? Disagree? Where does each one of you stand on the Topic Right Now. Write one Paragraph and Turn in together.
See what You Remember Crossword Puzzle for Key Terms Handout:  Crossword Puzzle

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Group Work Today they will be let loose Researching. Final Notes, tidbits of info.
  Only Day left that they have.  
     

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Attention Getter

Today You are Working On Constructing Visual Aid and Finalizing what the Final Project will Look Like

 
Instruction Make Outline For Project whether Power Point, Report or other. Paper for Outline
Facilitating and Leading Students in their work. How is the Visual Aid Going to look? Rough Draft of that.
  • list pictures and items you can use
  • print out pictures
  • write down references (websites visited)

* Remember you need to include the religion assigned to your group

 
  • Visual Aid Rough Draft
  • Reference Sheet
 

Day 6    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Attention Getter

Classroom Paraphernalia to get them to already start thinking, using meta-cognition, as to what the day will be about

Engage Students in Dialogue
Dialogue, Discussion, Cooperative Constructive Group Work Game: Write or Point to Symbols and various text from the Religions. KWL Chart for Particular Groups' Specifiic Religion  KWL Chart
Lecture
  • Define: Religion, Monothiesm, Polythiesm
  • Explain the 6 Religions as to what they Are known for
    • ie. Atheism: No God
Board Work
Lecture/Discussion Power Point Presentation on the World's 5 Great Religions

* the link for your religion under your group number if want to look at

World Religions PowerPoint PPT Overhead
 

Q & A @ end

 

Day 7    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Cooperative Group Work Navigate through Resources for Religions, read the articles Handout Articles
  Take Notes   Religion Fact Sheet - fill in
  Use if Needed Slide on Religion  
  * simultaneously work on visual and final project (4 jobs 4 people)  

Day 8   Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Scavenger Hunt It is time to use what you have learned and find your guest speaker! Scavenger Hunt Questions Instructions and Questions
Group Fun and Learning through Mini Lecture & conversation. Speaker is somewhere in the school, your answers will lead you to them. They will speak to you for 5 minutes and then you may ask any questions from them. Include this in your project.

-- Share your idea, opinions and plans with them.

Folder, Note Paper
Group Work Come Back to Class...Take your Notes and begin work on final Project and visual Aid.  

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           Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Teacher Facilitates - Students carry out the task together. Final Work on Group Project and Visual.
  • Print

  • Do Rough Draft

  •  Edit

  •  Add Pictures & Research

  •  Presenter Prepare!

Folder, Pictures, Article, World Religions PowerPoint

Everything they have collected


            Day 10    Back to Top
            Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Attention Getter Now that you Have had fun, collected your data. It is time to Share what you All have Learned.  
Group Presentations Each Group Will Present 5-7 minutes. Group Project + Visual Aid

 

Student Webquest : This Webquest is designed to enhance your knowledge about Prayer in School and to broaden your horizon on the differences that truly Exist in Life. It is to build and equip students with respect and an understanding of those different from them hopefully to cultivate stronger, more intelligent and open citizens. 

Conclusion:

Yea! Your Done. The students should have a heightened insight into this controversial subject of Prayer in School coupled with an awareness and appreciation for differences. Hopefully the Presentation, Work, and Enthusiasm paid off! 

Credits/References: Me, Myself & I! (also the Internet Helped :)

 

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