The unit of work demonstrates one approach that can be taken with Year 10 students and the Christian Living Key Idea ‘Christians believe that God creates people to live in relationship with him and with each other.’ It makes use of audio visual material.
Students begin the unit by reflecting on their current and past relationships to identify both ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ aspects of relationships. They then analyse the nature of their own relationships with family and friends and how relationships are defined in a variety of visual texts and popular music. Throughout this ‘investigation’, students draw parallels with a Christian view of relationships, recognising that relationships are restored through the power of God’s love and forgiveness. Students are asked to examine how relationships are portrayed in film and then explore ‘A Walk to Remember’ in terms of building positive relationships with people. Finally, students are challenged to consider the implications of Jesus’ command to be a neighbour in a world of inequality and peace. In doing so, they present the encouragement and advice on relationships a New Testament writer would give to the college community.
Author: Matt Schirmer
Issue date: 1 May 2010