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17 July 2012

Exploring a Gospel with Bloom's Taxonomy

Strand(s): The Bible and Theology

Year level: Middle School

Phase: Any

Time: N/A

Summary: A range of ideas for applying Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy to lessons focussing on Biblical texts with middle school students.

Bloom's Revised Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain is a effective way of meeting the needs of students and engaging them cognitively at a range of levels. The six levels of thinking enable teachers to think about how they may take students from basic thinking levels such as remembering to much higher ones that require them to use the information to design new things. Below are some ideas for using Bloom’s Taxonomy when engaging with one of the Gospels as a whole

List unfamiliar words from the Gospel you are studying and find their meaning.

Describe the appearance of several key people (Jesus, a disciple) using words and illustrations

Illustrate a pivotal scene from a section of the Gospel in comic strip format

Design a timeline that chronicles the major events of the Gospel being studied.

Rate the Gospel – write an essay or review to persuade someone to read it.

Create a map indicating the significant places in the Gospel.

9 July 2012

Double Bubble - Similarities and Differences

Strand(s): n/a

Year level: Upper Primary, Middle School, Senior School

Phase: Orient, Enhance

Time: n/a

The Double Bubble thinking framework can be useful for helping students to compare the similarities and differences of two things. It could be used to compare simple things for younger students or may be applied to comparing the sides of complex religious or ethical issues for senior students.

In the two central bubbles write the two things that are to be compared. In religious education this could include any number of things.

Some examples might be:

church/synagogue (used after a visit to both)
Peter/Judas (exploring Biblical narratives)
Old Testament/New Testament
Two sides of a debate

Students then fill in the bubbles for similarities and differences. You will see on the map that some bubbles connect with both the central bubbles - these are the ones used for similarities. The bubbles that only connect with a single central bubble are used for differences. Students could use a template but those exploring at a higher level will need to draw their own double bubble map.

Here's an example of a double bubble map found online comparing two civil wars.