Your goal is to help your students identify how the writers’ conceptions of religion are linked.
- Demonstrate to your class the ways texts can be primarily linked by referring to course material:
- by comparison--how one work parallels another
- by contrast--how one work differs from another
- by example--how one work offers an example of a concept present in the other
- by cause and effect--how one work enables you to explain ideas in another*
- In Class: Select passages emblematic of each author’s position on religion; assign one author to pairs of students to read and discuss; then group together pairs dealing with different authors, and ask groups of pairs to determine the relationship between the two views of religion; debrief as a class and have them submit group findings
- A Homework: Assign students homework to write a typed paragraph exploring the connection between two writers; ask students to share these connections at the beginning of the next class meeting; have them submit paragraphs
* Adapted from Laurence Behrens and Leonard J. Rosen, Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum (New York: Longman) 1997.