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Eco-Curriculum Review for the title
At One with Creation

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Shorter and more detailed report formats are also available for this title.

Short Description:   12 minute video with study guide; Jr High - Adult The video is designed to introduce a Christian perspective on environmental responsibility to a range of ages and audiences. The accompanying guidebooklet is intended to by used by both leaders and viewers.
Long Description:   The 12-minute animated video presents the creation story from Genesis and contrasting perspectives drawn from common perceptions of modern scientific theory, as well as the current condition of creation and simple means to address the condition. The 35-page booklet presents an introduction, information for a worship setting (including litany, songs [sheet music], and benediction), topics for reflection and discussion, activities and suggestions, and a resource guide.
Reviewed by:   Jim Doenges, a Disciples of Christ layman from Colorado

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   Richard Cartwright Austin Presbyterian Church (USA), Congregational Ministries Division
Publication date:   1993 Website for this resource:   none known
We know of 1 source for purchasing this resource.
Address Presbyterian Distribution Service
Presbyterian Church (USA)
100 Witherspoon St.
Louisville, KY   40202-1396  
Phone 800-524-2612   Fax  
Website www.pcusa.org/marketplace/index.jsp E-mail    
Price $12.95  Order # 22793200 - C015 

Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool     Primary     Jr. High     Sr. High     Adult
NOTE: Our reviewer may have checked a wider age range than specified in the curriculum itself.
Optimum class size 1 to 20 or more. The video and booklet can be used by an individual, small groups, groups of 20 or more, or incorporated into worship services  
Normal number/length of sessions If the curriculum's normal lesson plan is followed, there will be 1 - 5 class sessions
Are suggestions included for expanding/contracting the series? 12 minutes (video only) to 2 hours (if all 4 suggested activities are done) Suggestions for expansion include incorporating the video into a worship service (litany, songs, and benediction are included) and 4 suggested activities.  
In the judgement of the reviewer:
 using these materials, or even just one session from them, a reasonable, coherent and self-contained class can be offered in a single session of about an hour.
 using these materials, a class can be offered that runs for at least two sessions.
Are learners expected to do homework? N/a  
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
Note: The reviewer says that this curriculum is especially appropriate for members of the denomination or agency that developed it (Presbyterian Church (USA)). For example, it may explore a denominational policy statement. The reviewer also believes that it is possible for groups outside that tradition to make good use these materials.

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 supportive materials provided: one booklet is provided that serves as both leader’s guide and student’s book.
Other materials required:TV, VCR, blackboard and chalk or large pieces of paper and marker, pencil and paper, name tags, and large spools of yarn or kite string.
Description of the Leader's Guide:No leader’s guide is provided (the booklet which can be used by a leader is described in ‘Long Description’).
Description of the Student's Book:No student materials are provided (the booklet which can be used by a student is described in ‘Long Description’).

Materials review & Assessment of usability
Are all necessary materials provided in an accessible format? Adequate - all necessary information is present  
Is the leader's guide comprehensive? No - the resources are not adequate for a basic teacher  
Are class sessions clearly outlined? No - the resources are not adequate for a basic teacher  
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
Only light preparation would be needed; a leader could present this with less than an hour of preparation, or none at all. This a brief, cursory presentation of the subject matter. 

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  
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? No  
Biblical/theological content
Does the curriculum have explicit biblical or theological content? Yes, as a major emphasis  
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 reviewer did not answer this question.  
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


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