Core Questioned Addressed:
- What is the changing nature of religion?
- How has religion changed throughout history?
- How has the role of religion changed through history?
Time Frame: 2-4 days (dependent upon amount of research time
Suggested Grade Level: High School
New Jersey Core Content Standards: 6.2, 6.4, 6.5
- Students will be able to identify the time period
in the Christian Church known as the Eastern Schism.
- Students will be able to identify causes of the formation
of the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox
- Students will be able to use research to form an opinion and
debate that opinion.
Schism Power Point Presentation
- Media Center of Library
Strategies and Procedures:
- Provide students with background
of the Eastern Schism by using the Eastern Schism
Power Point Presentation.
- Break class into four groups.
- Explain that there will be two debates.
The Christians vs. the Iconoclasts
· The Pope vs. the Patriarch
- Explain to students that they are to research the
Eastern Schism and compile reasons that support their
topic. They should also research the opposing ideas
so that they can be better prepared for the opposition’s opinions
and properly refute them. Topics that are being debated
The Church should continue the use of icons to aide
· The Church should abolish the use of icons
· The Pope is the supreme authority over all
· The Patriarch has the right to accept the
authority of the Byzantine emperor
- Clarify any student questions.
- Allow research time in the library or Media Center.
some in class time for group members to share their
research and prepare for debate.
- Allow 1 class period to hold the debate. Set aside
one half of the period for each debate to occur.
- Evaluate each debate group for:
- After debate, have students write a position paper
as to whether or not icons should have
continued to be used in the Christian Church and who
is the real authority of the Christian Church. Have
students state their reasons for each, also identifying
why they did not choose the opponent.
- Have students write an essay describing which group
they felt staged a better argument in the debate that
they did not partake in. Have students state the
reason they chose that side, and which specific opinions
won them over.