MS Theology of the Body
This course will introduce students to the Theology of the Body (study of the body) at a very basic level. Theology of the Body is rooted in St. John Paul’s writings which help us understand God’s plan for humanity and the body. His writings were a response to the cultural chaos he saw happening in the 20th Century. While there are many books to help us understand his rich, philosophical writings, this course will use three books written specifically for a middle school audience. In addition, we will be reading tales and fables that demonstrate teachings of Theology of the Body.
The goal is that this course would feel more like a small catechetical group with prayerful discussion and reflection and minimal homework.
For each skill instructors have determined whether it is a prerequisite skill or a skill to be developed throughout the course. For lower school, instructors indicate where parent support is expected.
- With Parent Support: Skills that most lower school students will need help with.
- Developing: Skills that the instructor will help develop and emphasize throughout the year.
- Mastered: Prerequisite skills that the instructor is expecting students to possess.
- Be able to read material with attention to detail and identify areas which require clarification or further explanation from the instructor.
- Be able to mark a text to indicate important terms, definitions, or concepts.
- Be able to read with a goal to understanding an author’s argument even if the student disagrees with the conclusion reached or reasons given.
- Be able to use proper capitalization and punctuation.
- Be able to spell at grade level and employ course vocabulary cumulatively throughout the course.
- Be able to form a paragraph which includes a topic sentence, transition sentences, and clear linear thinking.
- Be able to write a five-paragraph essay with direction from the instructor.
- Be able to manage assignments, submissions, and notifications on Canvas.
- Know what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
- Be able to engage respectfully and wisely with other students and the instructor.
- Be prepared to generate thoughtful questions to enhance the class discussion and identify areas needing clarification.
- Be prepared to answer questions when called on during class.
- Be prepared to volunteer comments and ideas during class.
- Be able to follow directions on note-taking and other exercises during class.
Required Course Materials:
- A Bible (RSV Catholic Edition recommended)
- 3 Common Place Books – all available from Ruah Woods Press:
- Grade 6 TOB Common Place Book
- Grade 7 TOB Common Place Book
- Grade 8 TOB Common Place Book
- Blessed John Paul II: Be Not Afraid by Susan Helen Wallace
- Published by Pauline Press / Available at Barnes & Noble
- *To be read for the first day of class.
Tisha Frost has been teaching in a variety of settings over the last 20 years after following one of the best pieces of advice she was ever given, “Be who God created you to be and you will set the world on fire” (attributed to St. Catherine of Siena). This inspired her to study both history and theology during her undergraduate years.
She obtained a B.A. in American Studies, with a minor in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. She also holds a Master of Education from the University of Notre Dame, specializing in Middle School and High School Social Studies. Through her experiences of teaching many students, including her own children, she has seen the need for restful education that is focused on the true, good, and beautiful.
Tisha resides in Northern Minnesota with her husband and six children. When she has a moment to herself, she enjoys children’s literature, British mysteries, good movies, and baking. email@example.com
Jillian Strecker has a BA in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, a MA in Russian literature from University College London and is currently working on a certificate in Classical Learning from the University of Dallas. She has shared her passion for literature, writing and poetry with children at private schools in New York City and New Orleans for over a decade. She is also a homeschool mom who has been educating her children for more than 13 years. Additionally, Jillian is a published poet who is currently working on two books of poetry, one for children and one for adults. When not teaching and writing, Jillian loves reading literature. Her favorite writers are Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ray Bradbury, H.G. Wells, Flannery O’ Connor and Charles Dickens. She also loves riding her bike with her husband and two sons, baking and watching the original Twilight Zone series with a large bowl of popcorn. firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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