Martin Luther King – An example of a Moral Model

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Below is a PowerPoint presentation I made when teaching Morality to Third Year students. I used Martin Luther King as an example of a Moral Model. I began the lesson by discussing with the class the main characteristics of a moral person. I asked the students if they could identify any examples of a moral person in today’s society. I asked the students if they had a prior knowledge of the issue of civil rights for black people in America.

 

The students were shown a video clip which outlined the life and works of Martin Luther King and they were asked to answer the following questions:

  • Who was Martin Luther King?
  • How were black people treated during the 1950s?
  • Who was the lady who would not give up her seat on the bus?
  • What did Martin Luther King do for the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1956?
  • How was Martin Luther King treated by white people?
  • Was the Montgomery Bus Boycott successful?
  • What Bill was passed in 1964?
  • What happened to Martin Luther King?

 

The students were then divided into groups and they were asked to engage in a brief discussion of the issue of racism and civil rights in America and the importance of Martin Luther King as a moral model in society. Each group was asked to identify and summarise any comparisons there may be between Martin Luther King and Jesus. Each group was asked to provide examples to explain any of the comparisons that they may have identified.

The lesson ended with showing the students Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech from August 28th, 1963.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Introduction to Morality

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Below is a PowerPoint presentation I made for teaching Third Year students about Morality. It outlines the main definitions associated with morality, the different kinds of moral behaviour, steps towards making a moral decision and identifies where our morality comes from. It also includes a number scenarios which students can discuss and decide what they would do in each situation. This powerpoint would be suitable for senior Religious Education classes also.

 

 

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Budget Day 2014

 

 

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Since its Budget Day 2014 today I thought I’d have a look online to see if there are any summaries of the history of the budget in Ireland. I came across the following link on the website http://www.theirishstory.com/ which documents the Irish economy since 1922. This extract would probably be most suited to senior students and I believe it would be possible to incorporate it into both History and Religious Education classes. It could be used as a means of historical fact as well as a means of engaging students in class discussion within a Religious Education class from the perspective of moral-decision making using the example of the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger.

The link to the website is:

Life and Debt – A short history of public spending, borrowing and debt in independent Ireland