|Lesson 3: A Personal Viewpoint
Below is suggested use for a 40-minute class duration
Objective: The students will be able to identify one person who works for the IOCC and tell one thing about that person or their work; the students will evaluate whether they could be an IOCC worker.
Materials Required: "Interview with IOCC Worker" , issue of newsletter, map of world, assignment sheet
Opening Prayer: "Lord, please help the people who are poor and suffering. I want to help too. Teach me, Lord, how to give love and happiness to the hungry and needy people all over the world. Bless the IOCC and show me how I can participate as an Orthodox Christian in what they do. Amen."
1. Ask the students: "What kinds of jobs/careers are you considering? What qualities are important for the kind of work you want to do?"
2. Discuss the previous and current lessons. "We've been learning about the IOCC. What do you remember from last week's lesson? What do you think working for the IOCC would involve?" (Note their responses on a chalkboard, if possible.) "Let's see if you're right."
3. Place the students into cooperative learning groups. Have them choose a facilitator, recorder/reporter, and gopher. "In your groups, you will read an interview with two IOCC workers, and complete the task sheet. There are three people involved in the interview; let three of your group take the roles and read the interview."
4. Let the groups complete the assignment. The gopher should come to you for issues of the newsletter, as needed, and the map. Have groups share their responses.
Closing Prayer: "Remember, O Lord, those who bring offerings and do good in Thy holy churches, and those who remember the poor…Fill their treasures with every good thing…support the aged; encourage the faint-hearted…free those who are held captive by unclean spirits…defend the widows; protect the orphans; free the captives; heal the sick. Remember, O God, those who are in courts, in mines, in exile, in harsh labor, and those in any kind of affliction, necessity, or distress, and remember each man and his request, his home and his need. Amen."