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Literature;0;8th - Jennifer Schloat

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9/18/2020 Answer 4 questions about the Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Answer 4 questions about the Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Due tomorrow at 8:00 AM


  • Today (September 16) we will review the safety rules that we must follow during this pandemic.  We will discuss the importance of keeping ourselves and every person in our lives safe.  This connects to one of the essential areas of study you may remember from Grade 7 Religion: Catholic Social Teachings. In Literature class, over the next few months, we will be reviewing the seven Catholic Social Teachings.  We will continue to apply these Social Teachings to other areas of study, including Literature and History.

  • The first Catholic Social Teaching is the Life and Dignity of the Human Person

  • Here is a brief explanation of the Catholic Church's Teaching on human life: 

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. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia.  The value of human life is being threatened using the death penalty. The intentional targeting of civilians in war or terrorist attacks is always wrong. Catholic teaching also calls on us to work to avoid war. Nations must protect the right to life by finding increasingly effective ways to prevent conflicts and resolve them by peaceful means. 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.

  • HOMEWORK: Carefully read the brief definition of The Life and Dignity of the Human Person (in the bullet point directly above this one).

  • Think about how this connects to following rules regarding wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing and ventilation at school. 

  • Answer these three questions in writing and upload your answers here in Assignments for Mrs. Schloat to grade.

  1.  List at least three ways that you can protect yourself from COVID-19 (and other viruses) while attending school.

  2. List at least  three ways that you can protect other people from any germs you may have (while you are at school).

  3. List at least  three ways that your teachers can protect their students from becoming sick during this pandemic.

  4. Explain how all of this connects to the Catholic Church's definition of the Life and Dignity of the Human Person (use at least 5 sentences to explain


3/2/2020 No Homework
2/3/2020 No Homework
1/15/2020 No Homework
1/9/2020 No Homework

- except for Matthew

- Begin story: Write one to five sentences.

Noun: key

Adjectives: blue, fluffy

Verb: plunge

Adverb: politely

1/7/2020 Christmas Song analysis

Catholic Social Teachings


Grade 8 – Christmas Song Lyric Analysis 

Assignment Due – Tuesday, January 7, 2020 

The goal of this assignment is to deepen your appreciation of a very popular form of Literature in our culture.  

  • Select a Verse from one of your favorite Christmas songsThe song does not need to be a hymn. In other words, the song can be religious or secular. 

  • Write-out all of the words to that verse. 

  • Connect passages in that verse to at least one Catholic Social Teaching. 

  • For the Catholic Social Teaching that you focus on, write at least three explanatory sentences connecting the lyrics to the CST. 

  • Explain what you like about the song. 

  • Explain how this song conveys the Christmas feeling. 

  • Send Assignment to Mrs. Schloat electronically OR place it in Mrs. Schloat’s homework bin on Tuesday, January 7. 

  • Be ready to present your hymn to the class.  

12/20/2019 TAKE HOME TEST on The Greatest Gift

- Answer the 5 questions about The Greatest Gift.

- This IS a take-home exam.

- You may refer to the story while taking the test.

- Share the test with Mrs. Schloat when you are done.

- Here's a link to the short story...…….The Greatest Gift

12/19/2019 Conintue reading The Greatest Gift

- Go to Google and search The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern.

- Read to the end of Page 7.

Here's the link.

- The Greatest Gift

12/16/2019 No Homework
12/12/2019 Finish reading Uncle Tom's Cabin

- As always, you should be taking notes on Uncle Tom's Cabin as you read it.

- You should refer to Shmoop before and after each Chapter.

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