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5 Objectives to Meet the Standard

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5 Objectives to Meet the
Standard
The course: History of Christianity II: Reformation to the Present
5 SMART lesson objectives to promote student learning related to a defined standard
THE STANDARD
SMART: a mnemonic acronym for:
“be able to recognize how Christianity’s internal struggles have impacted the church”
• Specific • Measurable or observable • Attainable for the audience • Relevant and results oriented • Timely and targeted to learner/level
Note: this is a college-level course
Students engage in a mock confrontation between the two sides of the chosen issue, with open books, and each side attempts to make/score all the points that support their position
Objective 1:
Specific
Identify the two main perspectives on any divisive issue around which a group formed in opposition to the prevailing orthodox view (example: the appropriate age for baptism in the sixteenth century)
S
Each student will be required to contribute at least one comment
Measurable
M
Students will be assigned to prepare for the class activity the week before, with a specific reading
Attainable
A
The activity itself will provide context for engaged learning
Relevant
R
It’s achievable in one class period
Targeted/ timely
T
As a class, we will do an open-book discussion of the formation of a particular group, such as Methodists, seeking to identify aspects of identity that relate to its founders’ theological stance
Specific
Identify the relevant characteristics a new independent group that formed as a result of decisive differences
S
Count how many points are captured vs. included in the book
Measurable
M
Guided discussion of assigned reading matches the level of achievement the course requires
Attainable
A
Based on the quality of the discussion
Relevant
R
Within a single class period
Targeted/ timely
T
Objective 2:
Assess what is most important about the existence of a particular group, such as, say, Quakers.
Objective 3:
Specific
Express in written or verbal form an understanding of the significance a breakaway sect or denomination
S
The focus is not just on understanding, but on communication – a gradable one-page writing assignment, or a 1-2-minute presentation in class
Measurable
M
There’s a particular assigned task to be completed
Attainable
A
The idea of defining “significance” is pretty abstract and high-level. Evidence of progress is sufficient achievement
Relevant
R
To be completed in one week/class
Targeted/ timely
T
A short homework exercise to reinforce knowledge required for upcoming test
Specific
Write a list of at least 3 instances of church groupings that began by separating from the mother church, with a brief definition of the main motivation for their separation.
S
Gathering 3 instances, which shows understanding of a trend
Measurable
M
Completion of assignment
Attainable
A
Students’ selection of groups shows grasp on the question, and definition of group’s motivation shows understanding of the essential point of their initial identity
Relevant
R
To be completed in one week/class
Targeted/ timely
T
Objective 4:
Write a one-page analysis and reflection that relates history to present and demonstrates one way in which the bearers of the Christian faith have changed
Objective 5:
Specific
Describe a point of difference in belief that was important centuries ago and seems to be very unimportant or irrelevant to most Christian believers today – even of the denomination or sect that grew out of taking a decisive position on it
S
Judge conformity of written assignment to requirements
Measurable
M
Assignment may be a stretch
Attainable
A
Relate the historical to student's own experience and contemporary knowledge
Relevant
R
To be completed in one week/class
Targeted/ timely
T