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Eco-Curriculum Review for the title
Your Will Be Done On Earth: Eco-Spirituality Activities for 12-15 year-olds

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Short Description:   An activity book that combines theology and science in 18 easy-to-follow lesson plans.
Long Description:   "As planet Earth becomes an increasingly hot environmental and political issue, you can keep your twelve- to fifteen-year-old students in touch with the spiritual dimension. In this activity book, the author carefully combines theology and science, providing eighteen easy-to-follow lesson plans complete with background information, activity ideas, and photocopiable handouts. These lessons can be used not only as part of a classroom curriculum but also for catechesis, Sunday school, confirmation, Earthweek activities and other youth programs."
Reviewed by:   Anne Walker, a United Methodist laywoman from Colorado

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   Christie L. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Publication date:   1993 Website for this resource:   none known
We know of 1 source for purchasing this resource.
Address Resource Publications, Inc.
160 E. Virginia St., Suite 290
San Jose, CA   95112-5876  
Phone 408-286-8505   Fax 408-287-8748  
Website   E-mail    
Price $14.95  Order # YWBD 

Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool    Primary     Jr. High    Sr. High    Adult
The reviewer specifies:   Twelve- to fifteen-year-olds
Optimum class size The reviewer did not comment - assume 10-20 
Normal number/length of sessions If the curriculum's normal lesson plan is followed, there will be 18 class sessions each lasting about 60-95 minutes
Are suggestions included for expanding/contracting the series? The materials do not provide specific suggestions.  
In the judgement of the reviewer:
 it is not reasonable to plan for a single, self-contained class session from these materials.
 using these materials, a class can be offered that runs for at least two sessions.
Are learners expected to do homework? Only one section asks the students to do out-of-class work, which involves going to the library to find information for the next session. In some cases, field trips are also necessary.  
Target audience:
 Interfaith - addressed people of many faiths
 Judeo-Christian - addressed to Jews & Christians
 Christian - addressed explicitly to Christians
 Not explicity faith-based - not much religious content

Materials provided
Materials include:
 Leader's guide
 Student book
 Discussion questions
 Class activities - arts & crafts
 Class activities - group participation 
 Video
 Reading materials
 Presentation or lecture notes
 Prayer or worship resources
 
Other materials required:none specified
Description of the Leader's Guide:This resource includes only a leaderīs guide, providing detailed steps for leading a group through specific activities. It includes references to supplies needed (the resource provides worksheets that can be copied), topics to be explored, group process, theological/scientific terminology, time division and field trips. All in all, the leaderīs guide seems quite friendly.
Description of the Student's Book:No separate studentīs guide is included. Worsheets for students are included in the leaderīs guide.

Materials review & Assessment of usability
Are all necessary materials provided in an accessible format? Yes - materials are very well laid out and comprehensive  
Is the leader's guide comprehensive? Yes - materials are very well laid out and comprehensive  
Are class sessions clearly outlined? Yes - materials are very well laid out and comprehensive  
Will it be helpful to have a teacher with above-average expertise in the subject matter? Helpful to have teacher expertise  
Preparation time required by the leader:
Subjectively rated as heavy, medium or light
This material defines and references terms like, "Ancient Near East," "panentheism," and a variety of scientific concepts. All concepts are outlined in the materials, but it might be helpful to have a leader who is familiar with theological and/or scientific terminology. 

Content focus
Is this curriculum explicitly focused on environmental awareness or action? Yes, as a primary focus  
Does this curriculum deal with a specific environmental issue or problem? No specific focus, other than citing scripture as the basis for environmental concern.  
How is the scope of the environmental impact positioned?  Impact on specific human communities
 Impact on humans in general
 Impact on humans and non-human parts of creation
 Impact on non-human parts of creation only  
Does the curriculum address questions of social or economic justice in relation to environmental issues? Yes - as part of the topic  
Does the curriculum provide detailed content in a particular academic area?   For example, is there significant content in biology, physics, sociology, economics, etc.?
Biblical & theological content are covered below
No specific area, but is in conversation with science, particularly.  
Biblical/theological content
Does the curriculum have explicit biblical or theological content? Yes, as one theme among several  
How are the Biblical materials used? Individual texts are presented as meaningful ('proof texts')
Several texts are developed to show a larger biblical theme
Texts are placed in a historical or cultural context
Texts are presented as authoritative
Students are invited to comment/reflect on the meaning or authority of texts
Biblical texts are of equal importance to other scriptures/readings  
The checked statements reflect how ethical guidelines are grounded The Bible tells us how we should live/act
A theological tradition or other authority tells us how we should live/act
We should make decisions about how to live/act based on defined ethical norms
Caring for creation is an assumed norm  
The curriculum views humanity's role in creation as:
The checked lines are clearly affirmed
Domination - God created the Earth for human use; there are no real restrictions on what we can or should do.
Stewardship - "The Earth is the Lord's"" and humans are in a position of managing the creation according to God's will.
Partner - Humans are part of the web of creation, and participate in it as one species among many.
Intruder - Humans are separate from nature, and inherently destructive.
In evaluating changes to "solve" environmental problems, does the curriculum tend toward an approach that is: Confessional - I/we need to change
Confrontational - Some other person, policy or institutions needs to change
Combination - a mix of confessional and confrontational

Content approach
Which of these are a primary target outcome of the curriculum?  Increase awareness or concern about the environment in general
 Increase awareness of concern about a specific environmental issue
 Acquiring factual knowledge about an issue
 Changing or deepening personal beliefs
 Change in self-awareness or self-identity
 Changes in personal behaviors or lifestyle choices
 Influence on institutional (church or other) practices
 Increased political advocacy
 No change, or goal not clear
Range of perspectives offered:   A single perspective is offered
  Compares 2 or more perspectives
  A diversity of perspectives presented
The reviewer did not answer this question.

Subjective Reviewer Feedback
In general, would you use this program with your congregation/organization? Why or why not?
This seems to be a good program with a lot of possibilities. It could be used in a range of denominations, but might be best used by those youth who are wedded to scripture as somewhat authoritative. For youth who are comfortable thinking outside of the authority of scripture, it works as well. Could be used in groups with "mixed" perspectives.
What specific feedback do you have after reviewing these materials? What did you like? What did you not like?
This resource gets youth thinking on a variety of levels--individually, communally, and systemically, and it teaches through the use of a variety of methods--cognitive, creative, scientific, etc. I would recommend this resource.
What questions did you have after reviewing the materials?
Do the facilitators/teachers really need more training in the language presented than the materials suggest?
What, if any, concerns do you have about the use or implementation of this curriculum?
No concerns.
What content, if any, does this program seem to be missing? What would you like this program to cover which it does not?
Nothing. Like I said, I think it covers the range of engagement with eco-spirituality issues: individual, communal and systemic.
Have you ever used this program in the past, or heard of others who have used it? What if any response was received?
No.


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