Core Questions 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 given)
Suggest 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 Roman Catholic
Church known as the Great Schism or Western Schism.
- Students will be able to
use research to form an opinion and debate that opinion.
- Great Schism Power Point Presentation
- Media Center of Library
Strategies and Procedures:
students with background of the Great Schism by
using the Great Schism Power Point Presentation.
- Break class into three groups.
- Explain that each group represents one of the three
- The Roman Pope
- The Avignon Pope
- The Pope elected by the Council of Pisa
- Explain to students that they are to research the
Great Schism and compile reasons that the Pope that
they represent is the true and all powering Pope
of the Catholic Church. They will also need to
research reasons why the other two elected Popes
should not have authority over the Roman Catholic
- Clarify any student questions.
- Allow research time in the library or Media Center.
- Allow some in class time for group members to share
their research and prepare for debate.
- Allow 1 class period for The Great Schism Debate.
- Evaluate each debate group for:
- After debate, have students write a position paper as
to who was the Great Schism Pope who really deserved
to hold the position. Have students state their
reasons why he should have been Pope, and why his
competitors were undeserving.