WELCOME TO MY THEOLOGY WEBPAGE!
This is my 21st year teaching Theology at SJR. Over the years I have taught all four grade levels, and currently I have all five senior sections (Theology IV).
Seniors can determine their Theology section number by consulting their A Day schedule:
1st Period = Section 1
2nd Period = Section 2
3rd Period = Section 3
4th Period = Section 4
5th Period = Section 5
All homework assignments are posted to Google Classroom. See me about the access code if you need it.
Tests = 30%
Quarterly Exam = 20%
Group Work / Projects = 15%
Homework = 15%
Community Service = 10%
Class Participation = 10%
First Semester: The New Testament
Our textbook is the New Testament itself.
Recommended Supplemental Reading:
--Brown, Fr. Raymond. Responses to 101 Questions on the Bible. New York: Paulist Press, 1990.
--Graham, Fr. Henry G. Where We Got the Bible: Our Debt to the Catholic Church. Rockford, IL: TAN Books and Publishers, Inc., 1997.
--Hogan, Francis. Can You Trust the Bible? A Popular Guide for Catholics. Ann Arbor, MI: Servant Publications, 1991.
--Madrid, Patrick. Why is That in Tradition? Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2002.
--Most, Fr. William G. Free from All Error: Authorship, Inerrancy, Historicity of Scripture, Church Teaching, and Modern Scripture Scholars. Libertyville, IL: Franciscan Marytown Press, 2009.
--Paprocki, Joe. The Bible Blueprint: A Catholic's Guide to Understanding and Embracing God's Word. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2009.
Second Semester: Catholic Social Teaching
Textbook: Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society, by Brian Singer-Towns, published by Saint Mary's Press, ISBN 978-59982-077-4
THEOLOGY CLASS POLICIES + THEOLOGY CLASS POLICIES + THEOLOGY CLASS POLICIES
1. When you are absent, it is your responsibility to see me about any notes, assignments, and handouts you missed, as well as handing in any homework that was collected.
2. You will be given one school day for each day of absence plus one extra school day to make up missed work (e.g., 2 days absence = 3 days to make up work). If you are absent for a prolonged amount of time, I will work out a make-up schedule with you.
3. If you are absent on the day a test is given, you will be expected to take the test the day you return to class. If you were absent immediately prior to a test and missed material for that test, I will assign a time frame for you to get caught up and take a make-up test.
4. If your absence is unexcused, you will lose points on any missed work, quiz or test.
Assignments - General Policies:
1. Assignments may be handwritten or typed. If you type them, use single spacing.
2. All assignments are to be turned in as hard copies. Do not e-mail them to me or share them with me or send me links to them.
3. You are expected to use proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization for all of your work. Failure to do so will result in a loss of points. Content and form are both important parts of your work.
4. All assignments must have a complete heading: your name, Theology IV, date, and page number(s) or name of the assignment (each one has a unique name).
5. All work must be legible and neat. If I cannot read your handwriting, you don’t get credit. Papers with ragged edges, tears, and/or stains are not acceptable. Neither are crumbled up papers.
6. Everyone makes mistakes, and one or two mistakes on an assignment are tolerable. If your assignment has more, you may lose points. Proofread your work.
7. Assignments turned in late will lose 10 points per day. After the third day late, it becomes a zero.
1. You are expected to participate in a constructive way in discussions and activities by sharing your comments and questions; being alert and paying attention; and showing respect for others at all times. Doing so will guarantee you at least a 90 for your class participation grade. Your grade will increase or decrease depending on whether you exceeded or fell short of the mark. Each countable infraction results in a 3-point deduction from your class participation grade.
2. Proper, mature, and responsible behavior is expected from you. This behavior is spelled out on this sheet and in your student handbook, so you can’t legitimately plead ignorance. More importantly, displaying proper, mature, disciplined behavior is how a man acts. Disruptive and immature behavior is what boys do. If you want to be viewed and treated as a man, then act like one.
3. Offending someone’s dignity will not be tolerated and will result in immediate disciplinary action.
4. You are expected to have your notebook, textbook, and a pen or pencil for every class.
Group Work and Take-Home Projects:
1. Periodically you will be given an assignment to be done in small groups (2 or 3 people) during the class period. These assignments, in part, emphasize the importance of teamwork and accountability.
2. Unless otherwise indicated, group work and take-home projects will count as a quiz grade. For group work, the same grade will be given to each member of the group, assuming that each student has contributed equally to the work. Grades are usually given in increments of 5 points (80, 85, 90, etc.).
1. Homework is due the next school day after it is assigned and in whatever period your class meets on that day. Homework handed in “later” or “at the end of the day” will be considered late and points will de deducted.
2. Homework assignments are given one of following grades: zero (0) for not doing the assignment or if it is done so poorly or with such little effort as to warrant no credit for it,
✓oo = 50, ✓o = 65, ✓– – – = 70, ✓– – = 75, ✓– = 80, ✓* = 85, ✓ = 90, ✓+ = 95, ✓++ = 100 or ✓+++ = 105 for exceedingly well done work. A check-asterisk or lower is given when (a) answers are missing and/or incomplete, (b) your work is sloppy, (c) your work contains too many mistakes, (d) your answers are lacking in detail, and/or (e) your paper does not have a complete heading. A check is given when you have completed the assignment in a satisfactory manner. A check-plus or higher is given when (a) your answers show greater detail, (b) you provide more specific examples, (c) you demonstrate a deeper level of thought, and/or (d) you make connections to your own life experiences or your faith.
1. I might use quotes, excerpts, questions, and answers from your assignments, tests or class discussions in articles or other publications I write. On the Theology Class Policies Sheet you signed and returned you can opt out of this by checking the box.
1. Each class begins with some kind of prayer experience. Knowing about God does not help us very much if we do not also sustain a living relationship with Him, and we do this in part through prayer.
2. Prayer time is sacred time—however short or long it may be—and each student is expected to show it the proper respect through posture, attitude, and appropriate silence/reflection. Though not every student is a Christian, and some students may not believe in God at all, everyone is still required to show respect for the beliefs and faith practices that are important to their classmates.
3. Students will be encouraged (but never forced) to lead the class in prayer