Freshmen Theology Classroom Procedures
Theology - 111
Theology is the most important subject for the students at JCCHS.
For this reason, there will never be a time when the students will not
have homework. As Theology is meant to apply to the whole person,
the assignments will vary to appeal to the various ways Faith is
expressed. In addition to the course material and daily quizzes, each
quarter the students will be responsible for memorization, leading
public prayer, and synthesizing material in creative presentations.
The purpose of these procedures is to maximize the time available in
class for healthy discussions. After a couple of weeks, it is hoped all of
these will be habits. They are written to assist when clarification is
1. students should be in desk by the bell
2. When the bell rings all are silent and the prayer leader leads
the class in prayer
3. Immediately following the prayer, students take the daily
4. A student alerts Sister 5 minutes before the end of class so
she may close the topic and review for the next day‟s quiz.
5. Students do not get out of their desk to leave until they
respond “May He be Praised” to the Lords name.
1. Students bring the following books to class according to the
schedule on the syllabus. Introduction to Catholicism
(text), Catechism of the Catholic Church (supplemental);
Fides et Ratio (may obtain on-line).
2. Daily – without exception - students should bring notebook
paper, a no.2 pencil, 2 colors of pen (for quizzing and
grading). A pen with more than one color is not permitted.
3. optional: materials for “Catholic multi-tasking”: students
may bring rosary making supplies or colored pencils for
approved Christian artwork for display. Students may
multi-task with permission and will lose the privilege when
Sister believes grades, behavior or attention warrants it.
Multi-tasking in other subjects or for anything else will not
ABSENCES/ MISSED - LATE WORK
1. daily quizzes do not need to be made-up
2. Because tests are announced well ahead of the date,
students will be expected to take the test even if absent the
day before the test. Exceptions may be made for extended
absences. The same applies to homework and projects.
3. It is the student‟s responsibility to ask about make-up work.
If that student fails to make up the test within that week the
grade will be a zero. (It is because I love you that I won‟t
chase you down for your work)
4. Late homework or projects may be accepted the next day
for ½ credit.
1. Class secretaries: take daily attendance, put papers in order
and distributes graded papers
2. Prayer Leader: On the date of the student‟s class number,
(s)he closes the door when the bell rings and leads the class
in prayer before class.
3. The last class of the day is asked to help clean boards and
pick up trash from the floor
4. Volunteers are always welcome to help clean desks.
If a printer is broken and there is something due, students may e-mail
their work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A good essay should use the Baker Keyhole format. Your
points should each have a paragraph with supporting details. Your
intro should give a preview of the points and your conclusion should
summarize your points.
Spelling, grammar and neatness are essential and affect the
Extra Credit Opportunities can take many forms. Students may do as
many projects as they wish. The points given per project depend on the
content, effort and time per submission. The following are standing
opportunities for extra credit.
1. Attend a Mass at John Carroll after school (usually Monday
and Wednesday). You must be there from the beginning
through the end. After Mass submit a paragraph or more
on the readings and the homily.
2. Educational Video: make an informative or motivational
video on a topic being addressed in Theology class. If you
place a video on the Internet - such as Youtube - please
make sure you have proper permissions!
3. Make a faux stained glass window (window cling) the size
of one of the windows at school (above the doorway or one
of the squares in the classroom). It should be large enough
to fit the entire window and light enough to hang with tape.
(using paper or window paints). Since stained glass
windows are intended to be an educational meditation,
windows should be evidently Catholic.
4. Make a comic book of at least 5 chapters of the Acts of the
5. Memorizing a selection from the list.
6. Writing a 5 paragraph essay on Fides et Ratio
7. Write a meditation on the readings and homily from The
Sunday Mass of the week
8. Watch a video given by Sister Bernadette and write a
summary and critique.
All grades will use the point system. Points will vary per assignment.
For instance, each question on a homework or daily quiz may be worth
3 points, whereas a large project may be worth 100 or more points.
Due to the amount of extra credit available, an A is possible for
1. The Study Questions at the end of each chapter will always be
assigned. Students must write out the question or include
the question in the answer. Points will be taken off if this is
not done correctly.
2. Students will be required to memorize and recite various
pieces from Scripture or classic Literature. The
syllabus that is posted quarterly will have those pieces
3. Students should be prepared for a daily quiz on the
previous day's lesson or homework.
4. Projects will be assigned a few weeks before the due date.
In most cases, there will be a choice among projects and the
option to work with others or independently. Projects
usually count many points due to the time
involved. Absences the days before a project is due do not
constitute a valid reason for late submission.
5. Test times will be placed on the syllabus.
6. Reminder: most adults need to use planners, so get in the
habit. If you need help on how to organize one – please
ask for help.
If one receives permission to leave class for the restroom or an errand,
(s)he must sign the notebook with the date and reason for leaving.
Parents of students who ask to be excused frequently may be called to
as to assess if there is a medical issue needing to be addressed.
1. It is expected for the class to stand when an adult comes to
2. Responding with a “Yes, Sister”… “No, Sir” is expected.
3. Greeting teachers with eye contact when entering or leaving
a room ( or passing in the hallway)is a sign of maturity.
4. Just pick up trash and throw it away
5. You ask with “May I please” not “Can I” or “I need to…”
6. Offer to help the teacher carry a heavy load (chivalry)
7. Ladies should allow/expect boys to be gentlemen and
gentlemen should allow/expect girls to be ladies.
8. One should avoid hints of oral fixations during class
(eating, drinking, chewing gum, chewing on objects such as
pens and paper).
9. If one is late one should be respectful when entering the
room. If the class is praying, one should stop and wait until
the prayer is finished.
10. One should sit in a desk with decorum (ladies should sit
modestly and gentlemen should not slouch…)
11. One need not say “bless you” when someone sneezes, but
the one who sneezes or coughs should cover their mouth
with their elbow.
12. A student may question respectfully but should avoid giving
the impression of “arguing with ref or other team players”
13. Take personal responsibility.( Don‟t give excuses when not
asked, roll your eyes, etc…)
14. Keep backpacks out of aisles so people may walk by.
1. All students will be required to lead prayers. Sister Bernadette is
very willing to help before hand with the preparation – but not
„right before‟ class. If a student is evidently unprepared (s)he
should pray anyway – since prayer is of the heart more than of
2. If you have an intention for which you want to pray but want it
to be private, you may say “for a special intention.”
3. Misconduct in the chapel or during prayer is to me as someone
spitting on your mother should be to you.
All answers to Study Questions should be handwritten using a
There are many reasons why all the study questions should be
answered in a complete sentence. It helps in retention of the material.
It helps promote a thorough reading of the chapter. It enables the
questions to be more readily used for study purposes. It helps grading
go more quickly and hence grade reporting to happen more quickly. It
helps you avoid the temptation of waiting to the last minute to do your
homework. Practice in self-discipline is obvious valuable. In addition to
all this, it is simply a good practice and one that will help you as you
prepare to enter the workplace.
Answers must include the subject and verb from the question. Eg: Why
did God make me? God made me to....
Questions will be worth a few points each. Not answering a question in
a complete sentence will deduct at least one point. per question.
The school requires the MLA heading. Theology class requests that
you put a cross on the top of your paper and make each work a prayer.
You class number should be placed in the top right hand corner.
Besides your name, the next most important part of your heading is
which period you are in. Papers submitted with “frillies” (from a spiral
notebook) will have points deducted.
Possible Prayers on paper
Cross/A.M.D.G = Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (to the greater glory of God)
Cross/ M = (to Jesus through Mary – asking Mary to join your prayer)
Cross/ heart = Jesus meek and humble of heart make my heart like yours)
If a student finishes something early and has time on his/her hands,
the student may
1. Read from the Bible, the CCC, the text or from a book in the
2. Make rosaries or work on approved Christian artwork for
3. Work on one of the projects or extra credit assignments.
4. Work ahead on study questions
5. Help clean or decorate the room
Students may not study material for other classes, write notes to
friends or do anything not related to Theology class.
Videos may be made for class for extra credit. Videos may be posted
to the class web-site, brought on a DVD or saved to a USB drive and
transferred to the classroom computer. If a video is posted to a site,
such as youtube, you must make sure you have the proper permissions
and you should not use real names. These permissions include the
permission of guardians of minors involved.
Credit will be given for sound theological content. If there is no point
to the video - other than entertainment, credit will not be given.
Wikispaces - http://jcchstheology.wikispaces.com
This is the freshmen‟s theology web-site. Students are trusted to act
with maturity when adding information to the site.
Ideas for Catholic doodling:
Write a great quote on a piece of paper and decorate it:
Suffering is in the Knowledge is only half
world to release love the battle (G. I. Joe)
Draw and color a picture of a Catholic symbol, story from Scripture
or life of a saint….