Mrs. Ball's 7th Grade Class


Your group has been selected by your World Cultures teacher to go on a pilgrimage to the Middle East. You will stop to visit the following cities: Mecca, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem.

Each member of your group will take on the role of Religious leader representing either the Islamic, Christian or Jewish faith. You will become an expert on your religion and are expected to share your knowledge with the rest of your group.

Your goal will be to encourage spiritual understanding of your faith, by designing and writing a post card telling about your visit to one of the following cities - Mecca, Jerusalem or Bethlehem - so that the rest of your group can share your understanding of your faith. Your postcard will include a picture from the city, and information on the culture of this area as well as the mainpoints of your religion.

Be sure to include:
    * Major Religious Shrines for your religion in the city you chose
    * Religious Feast days or Holy Days
    * Special Customs or traditions for your faith
    * Role of women practicing your faith
Once you have finished your post cards, you will work with your group members to compose your individual comparison contrast paper of the three religions.

In this summary, you will compare and contrast the three major religions of the Middle East. You should describe the history of certain celebrations for your faith, symbols that represent your faith, and any items used during worship or ceremonies. Be sure to include any other interesting facts not included in your post cards, but are relevant to your religions. The paper will be handed in and graded as an essay.

Be sure to follow the criteria given in class for writing your essay. Include the rough draft.
It goes without saying that each member must give their group members information on their religion.
No grade will be given without proof of each member's contribution to the essay (rough draft). That is, each member must turn in a separate rough draft of his/her comparison essay.
Be sure to look at the outline for writing a comparison / contrast paper before you begin!
How to write a comparison / contrast paper.
See rubric for the post cards and paper on the evaluation page.
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