The unit of work demonstrates one approach that can be taken with Year 11 students and the Christian Living Key Idea Christians are called to love and serve all people.
Students begin the unit with a general exploration of what makes a good person and discussing virtues that are admired in others. They are then involved in group building and leadership activities that encourage them to experience firsthand what is required of an effective leader. They are challenged to make comparisons between what people in biblical times expected the ‘Messiah’ to be like and the reality of Jesus’ leadership style as detailed in the gospel accounts. Consideration is then given to the important leadership qualities of great human leaders over time and then taken a step further via a creative summative assignment comparing the actions of our current prime minister with that of Jesus. Here students will use their creative skills to reflect again on the human and divine nature of Jesus while asking 'What would he do?'. Students are challenged to develop as a leader by improving their skills of communication. This culminates in the final summative Health task where they can make a difference in the world by presenting an inspirational speech on a personal health issue.
Author: Matt Schirmer
Issue date: 22 Apr 2010