GCSE: links for GCSE students of RE:
If that makes you want to brush up your Latin (or Greek), take a look at the Perseus Project at Tufts University. I looked up the text of Horace’s Odes and it is quite an eye-opener. Each word is hyperlinked to a morphological analysis. A link from there will take you to the entry in Lewis and Short (Liddell and Scott for Greek texts). There is also a web of cross references to other works and commentaries. A navigation bar allows you to jump to another point in the text. Alternatively, you can enter a "chapter and verse" type reference. The goal of the Perseus project is to bring classical source materials to as large an audience as possible. They say: "We anticipate that greater accessibility to the sources for the study of the humanities will strengthen the quality of questions, lead to new avenues of research, and connect more people through the connection of ideas."
Quite well established in the USA, home schooling is less common in Britain but there is a growing movement, especially among Catholic families. The Web makes it possible to link up with other families and groups and to share resources.
Resources for Catholic Educators
Lesson plans, worksheets, clipart, colouring pages and a magazine for Catholic educators. Frankly, most of them wouldn’t meet the standards of professional teachers but there may be some useful things there.
Run by the RE department of St Mary's Collect, Hull, the homepage proclaims "We follow the ICONS course" - but don't let that put you off too much! The site says that it is "inspired by the Heinz philosophy, or the 'dollop-on' approach", recognising that teachers tend to adapt material for themselves rather than use ready-made complete plans. The A-level section has two impressive PowerPoint presentations prepared by students themselves and the other sections have a large collection of worksheets that can be downloaded in common formats (often .rtf
- rich text format
readable by most word processors) so that users can edit and adapt them for their own use. There is also a wide variety of materials such as quizzes and tests using online resources. The spirit of sharing material online is commendable and the site deserves to be well-known for its particular usefulness to those studying RE for public examinations in England.
Teachers' Enterprise in Religious Education links those teaching classroom RE and offers some support materials, especially related to Key Stage 3 Religious Education using "The Way, the Truth and the Life", published by the CTS which offers an alternative to ICONS.
Preparation of young people for the Sacrament of Confirmation is often a challenge in the parish. There are a few resources on the Web although most of them are for adults, giving background to the sacrament. At the website of Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen
, there are 6 worksheets drawn up in MS Publisher that can be downloaded:
St Joseph's Parish Church in Milton, Los Angeles
also has a page of links to Confirmation resources
You might like to look at the US Conference of Catholic Bishop's Quiz
on Confirmation, and on other topics. Try it on your local catechetical centre!
Keeping It Catholic
. Then, Shock! Horror!, a home schooling site promotes the subversive and revolutionary idea that parents themselves can prepare young people for the sacrament of Confirmation
List of Academic Speakers
Set up by Matthew Betts, this is a service for schools, Colleges and Universities to provide a list of speakers and to arrange for talks to be given. This service can be used either by schools or colleges who wish to engage a speaker or by speakers who wish to gain further experience
Internet Theology Resources
This guide is intended to assist searchers of theological and religious information on the Internet, and is arranged according to major areas of concentration