CHW 3M: Becoming a Monk

Becoming a Monk from Mr. Paiva)

 

Read pages 503-506 and complete one of the activities below. Please remember that this is an in-class task, so it does not need to have the level of sophistication of an assignment.

Option 1: construct a small one-sided pamphlet that will entice others to join your Monastery. Include the following:

  • An explanation of the spread of Christianity (remember that a good pamphlet might convert some of the local pagans…they need to know a little about your faith if they are to join)
  • An explanation of monastic life in a Benedictine monastery
  • The role of saints in the faith, especially St. Augustine (Cult of Saints)
  • The fun young monks will have working on Illuminated Manuscripts
  • Remember that pamphlets must balance images and text. Draw a picture or two for your pamphlet, and use point form for your key ideas

Option 2: write a journal entry of a fictitious young man who joins the Monastery. Include the following:

        • How/why he converted from a pagan religion to Christianity
      • What he thinks of life in a Benedictine monastery
      • Why he thinks St. Augustine is important
      • What it is like to work on Illuminated Manuscripts (can your character read?)

Option 3: Write a short speech that will entice others to join your Monastery. Include the following:

    • An explanation of the spread of Christianity (remember that a good speech might convert some of the local pagans…they need to know a little about your faith if they are to join)
  • An explanation of monastic life in a Benedictine monastery
  • The role of saints in the faith, especially St. Augustine (Cult of Saints)
  • The fun young monks will have working on Illuminated Manuscripts
  • In addition to textbook, take a look at:

http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/source/rul-benedict-excerp.asp

 

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02436a.htm

 

http://www2.uncp.edu/home/canada/work/markport/lit/introlit/ms.htm

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