Grade 10 Religion, (HRE20)

?Christ and Culture, Grade 10 Religion, (HRE20)


Christ and Culture

Grade 10 Religion



Bound by Respect, Bound by Acceptance, Bound by Faith



Semester I, Fall 2011 Mr. Mike Kirby

Credit Value: 1



Course Description (HRE20):


This course examines the relationship between the person and message of Christ and the dominant attitudes of contemporary culture. Central to this course is the sacramental nature of Jesus and through His incarnation, the sacramentality of the Catholic Church, persons, and all of creation. Beginning with students’ own life experiences, seen in light of the Gospel narratives, students acquire a deeper and more systematic knowledge of Christ, his message, and his Church. Connections between the Church and contemporary culture are explored in terms of what it means to be a responsible adolescent developing as a member of a Catholic, Christian community while living within the context of a secular society. In the Family Life Education strand, students explore a variety of topics related to the themes of person-hood, interpersonal relationships, and sexuality. Students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the call and response to Christian Community Service.

The fundamental premise of this course is that both teacher and students are discerning believers formed in the Catholic faith tradition, intent on participating in the transformation of society. Understanding that the students operate from, and yearn to deepen their spirituality, this course encourages students to articulate Catholic beliefs, and to continue to journey as reflective, creative thinkers. By raising important questions about their faith, this course leads students to a deeper understanding of their relationship with God and neighbour. The students are called to be caring family members and responsible citizens who respect and understand the history, cultural heritage, and pluralism of today’s contemporary society. (Ontario Religious Education, 2000)


Strand / Unit Title

Outcome / Expectation


•respond to the Gospel invitation to live justly with God and neighbour and to challenge all forms of injustice;

•use Scripture in their prayer and worship;

•read the Gospels as a way of coming to know Jesus more deeply;

•appreciate the Gospels as testimonies of faith in the risen Lord Jesus.



•ground their personal identity in the Gospel of Jesus;

•acknowledge that the love of God for all people demands justice;

•see the spiritual and sacramental dimensions implicit in their own experience and in the created world;

•engage in community service and appreciate that experience in light of the Christian call to discipleship;

•appreciate their own personal development and discern their personal values, commitments and goals in light of the teaching of Jesus as expressed in the Gospels.



•respond to the challenge of God’s preferential option for the poor;

•acknowledge that the love of God for all people demands justice;

•recognize that there is absolute truth, and that God, as revealed in Jesus Christ, is its source;

•recognize that justice is an essential ingredient in the liberation of human beings and a key expression of Christian love;

•let the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen them in applying Christian moral principles in making moral decisions and living a life of virtue;

•participate, and encourage participation, in community service as a primary way for developing the common good.



•recognize how the whole person (mind, body and spirit) is involved in prayer;

•appreciate the contribution of prayer to the life journey of Catholics;

•reverence and use the traditional prayer forms of Catholicism;

•understand and appreciate the importance of religious symbol and ritual in the sacramental life of the Church, particularly the Eucharist;

•appreciate charitable giving and tithing as an offering to God and a form of prayer.


•choose and promote chastity as the personal integration of sexuality in the service of love;

•respect the dignity of all forms of life – and in particular, of human life – at every stage of its existence;

•demonstrate sensitivity and compassion for persons with HIV/AIDS.



Christ and Culture - Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Each student will sign out a textbook at the beginning of the course. It is your responsibility to bring it to class each day and return it in good condition. Texts must be returned before completing the final evaluation: otherwise, there will be a replacement cost incurred.


Unit Titles

Approximate Time + Sequence

Christ and Culture: To be human is...?, Who has culture?, The God question

27.5 hrs

Christ in our Culture: Relating to Oneself: Who am I?, Relating to the Other.

21.25 hrs

Christ in our Culture: Relating to Civil Society, Relating to the Church

21.25 hrs

Christ in our Culture: Relating to the World

16 hrs

Celebrating Christ in our Culture.

24 hrs

Assessment and Evaluation breakdown:


Knowledge and Understanding








Final cumulative activities



Keys to Success:

1. Notes: It is the student’s responsibility to have a complete set of notes and handouts. Binders need to be well organized.

2. Students will be expected to complete homework activities regularly.

3. Students will be expected to complete: Tests / Quizzes / Assignments / Independent Study Units (ISU) / Prayer Service.

In keeping with the directives from the Ministry of Education and its "culture of responsibility", late assignments will not be accepted for evaluation unless, under extenuating circumstances, arrangements have been made with the teacher prior to the due date.

4.Absenteeism and Lateness:

Attendance is a vital component in all courses. If an absence cannot be avoided, the student is responsible for any activities, notes, assignments, homework, or other activity that occurred on that day. If a test/quiz/assignment will be missed, students must let Mr. Kirby know prior to the date so arrangements can be made. Under extenuating circumstances quizzes/tests/assignments will be due the first day back, with a valid reason.


Students are expected to come to class on time and be prepared (bring all class materials).

Students are expected to show respect to peers and staff.

No food or drink in classroom (except for water).

Do not pack up early.

Do not line up at the door.

Obey the seating plan that you are given

Students who are out of dress code or disruptive in class will be asked to leave and a mark of zero may be recorded for any test, quiz, assignment that a student misses.

Course Outline Acknowledgment

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