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Twenty-five of the Best!

Further Ideas

Further Ideas For Projects And Presentations To Help You Explore Any Of The 25 Of The Best!

A Quiki Wiki?

Set up a class Wiki to share your learning, comment on, or add, to the work of others. Or you might join  SlideShare or subscribe to Voicethread to give your work an even larger audience.

It’s in the Bag

Alternatively you might prepare a show bag that would help you present the story of your person to the rest of the class.

  • obtain a paper carry bag (art shops stock them)
  • collect 7 or 8 items that say something about the life, character and faith of the person you have chosen
  • decorate the bag appropriately
  • take turns presenting your man or woman to the class using the items in the bag as stimulus material for your talk

Sing a song (after you’ve written it first!)

Compose a ballad (or another song style: rap is fun and not too difficult) celebrating the life and faith of your chosen person. The tune can be specially composed or use one well-known to you.

Mime-time

Use the people featured in this unit as a basis for mime. Each student adopts the persona of one of the 25 while the rest try to identify who it is.

The Big Issues: Then and Now

What were/are the big issues and challenges facing the various Australian Catholic people featured in this unit? What would you identify as the big issues facing contemporary Australian Catholics? Can you suggest some possible responses?

Face to Face

Create a Facebook page for your choice of the 25.

Timely interventions and sizzling statistics

Construct a timeline/graph to show the life spans of the ’25 of the Best’ and how they overlap. What questions does this data suggest? What correlations between life spans and chosen vocations do you notice?  Work out the family backgrounds of the 24. Is there a correlation between backgrounds (wealthy/poor; Catholic/Protestant; indigenous/European etc. and chosen vocations? The 24 Catholics have been arranged in five categories. What other arrangements could have been chosen?  

Ghostly visitations

Relax, close your eyes and imagine that you are alone. One of the ‘25 of the Best!’ calls to visit you. How do you respond? What food or drink might you offer them to put them at ease? What kinds of things do you talk about? What questions are asked? What jokes are told? What advice do you get about leading a good life?

Inspired words and pictures

Í say móre: the just man justices;
Kéeps gráce: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is -
Chríst - for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

                    (Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-1889)

What is Hopkins getting at in this poem? Produce a piece of art which expresses his thoughts.

It’s more than a game!

Construct a Board Game based on the life story of one of the ‘25 of the Best!’ or a Trivial Pursuit quiz based on the stories of the whole group. For the former you will need to decide on the purpose of the game, rules and equipment. For the latter, several class members might need to collaborate. Alternatively, devise a Who am I? game using five questions ranging from difficult to simple, based on the life-stories of ’25 of the Best! Don’t forget to ask the hardest questions first. Try your games out on each or another class group.

Time Travellers

Choose two or three of the ’25 of the Best’ from different eras and imagine what they might say to each other if they met. Think about what they would they have in common as well as aspects of their life that would be very different. Talking points between them could include each other’s:

  • work
  • faith
  • sports/hobbies
  • interests
  • worries
  • humour
  • homelife
  • schooling
  • inspiration