Grade 8, Celebrating Church, Unit 2 Faith In Action
Additional Outreach Project Ideas
Catholic Social Teaching in This Unit: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
"The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. Our belief in the sanctity of human life and the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching…. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person."
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, "Seven Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching"
Grant a Wish
This is a great opportunity for the young people to become aware of the needs around them. Have them consider what the needs are in your parish, school, or local community. The needs may be small and easy to address, or they may be larger and more complex. One of the key aspects of this project is to help the young people develop a regular disposition, or habit, of kindness.
- Learn more about Chris Greicius and the mission and current work of this foundation, dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation
- For an example of a creative wish that was granted, click on "Ben's Game" to learn about how Ben Duskin was granted a wish to create a video game specifically for kids who have cancer.
The Story of Jumping Mouse (a version by Hyemeyohsts Storm)
- Various versions of this story are available online and from booksellers.
Old School Wisdom
Here are some ways the young people can show appreciation for and honor the senior citizens with whom they visited:
- With the interviewees' permission, publish an article about visiting them or about a particular story they told that impressed you.
- Take compelling stories that you heard and turn them into a play. For an example, see the article “East Bay teenagers interview elders, put their stories on stage” by Alexandra J. Wall (in The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, May 24, 2002).
- Take something that they mentioned—a favorite book, hobby, or song—and find a way to make a gift of it.
- Make a commitment to visit with them regularly.
Another way to approach this project is to have the young people write a biography of one of their grandparents or another wisdom figure. Here is an outline they could follow:
- Section 1: introduce the person and why you consider him or her to be a wisdom figure
- Section 2: early life (e.g., place of birth, childhood, and education)
- Section 3: adult life (e.g., work life, significant relationships, and family)
- Section 4: the development of your relationship with this person
- Section 5: the influence this person has had on your life
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