World Religions - Catholic Saints in Italy! (19 pages total) is an introduction to Catholicism, sainthood, and the idea of a patron saint. St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of Italy and also the patron saint of animals and ecology. Lesson includes adorable easy-to-prep craft - The. Doves of St. Francis of Assisi - that your students will LOVE TO MAKE!
Catholic saints are an important part of the cultural landscape of Italy. This lesson answers questions such as: What is Christianity? What is a saint and how do you become one? How are saints remembered in Italy, and what role do they play in the lives of the Italian people? Additionally, students will be introduced to the patron saint of Italy, St. Francis of Assisi, and witness an extraordinary feast day celebration in the city of Gubbio in the Umbria region of Italy.
The lesson is presented in a slideshow format with PowerPoint images that accompany each part of the lesson.
Complementing the lesson are two activities. The first is a NO PREP CHARACTER BUILDING REFLECTION WRITING ACTIVITY that reinforces the ideas of compassion, generosity, and kindness in the spirit of the life of St. Francis of Assisi. The second activity is an EASY TO PREP FOR AND IMPLEMENT CRAFT, The Doves of St. Francis, which enhances the legend of the statue of St. Francis that stands in a rose garden in Assisi. The statue continually has two turtle doves nesting in a basket that the statue holds. As soon as one pair leaves, another comes to take their place!
1. For the ST FRANCIS KINDESS WORKSHEET, copy the printable provided onto white copy paper. Students can color with colored pencils/crayons.
2. For the DOVES OF ST. FRANCIS art project, copy the printables provided onto white or orange colored copy paper. The only other materials needed are pastel colored tissue paper and a brown paper lunch bag (Dollar Tree is a great place to purchase these), scissors, and glue. Materials included make one dove, but feel free to double and have each student make a pair!
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