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Flex Class: Comparative Religions: An in-Depth Look for Ages 10-12

Blake McCabe, NY Certified Educator
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(135)
This semester-long course will introduce different types of religions, their beliefs, and their histories, culminating in a project where students create their own religion. Great for homeschool families.

Class experience

Students will learn about the origins and beliefs of a variety of world religions, both ancient and modern. This will both increase their knowledge and their cultural sensitivity to those with different religious beliefs.
I am an experienced Educator, Coordinator, and Supervisor with 7+ years of administration, management and customer service experience, 5+ years of teaching, student advisement and project development, and 2+ years working with international students, qualitative research, and course development. I hold a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology from Binghamton University, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology/Anthropology and Music from Mansfield University, in addition to a TEFL certification. I am also a course complete PhD student in Anthropology, studying the intersection of politics and religion. I also hold a General Class Amateur Radio License with 13wpm Morse Code. I am also a certified social studies teacher with NY certification for grades 5-12 and work as a full time high school social studies teacher.

My anthropological training in academia includes learning about human evolution, race and racism, colonialism, cultural diversity, cultural awareness and education, bias, reflexivity, impacts of academic research on minority groups, and research ethics. I am also the Educational Coordinator and Lead Teacher of a Sunday school and a substitute teacher in 5 local school districts. I give talks on issues of religion, politics, and race issues, and have taught classes related to this topic previously. I conducted a thesis paper for my undergraduate on conflicts international students faced, which discussed issues of race, religion, language, cultural misunderstandings, and xenophobia. My Master's research focused on immigration issues, racism towards immigrants from Ethiopia in Israel, and conflict between religious sects. I also run a group that addresses issues of race, religion, politics, and teaches cultural awareness and diversity through education of traditions, history, and music from around the world.
Homework Offered
Students will respond to quizzes and open-ended questions through Nearpod, which I will provide private feedback on. There will also be collaboration boards for student-to-student interaction, discussion posts, and small research projects. Each week students will complete student-paced Nearpods and watch the recorded lecture. They will have discussion posts in the classroom. I will give feedback on assignments via messaging. The class will culminate with a project in which I will help them use elements common among most religions to create their own imagined religion.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Grading can be done upon request in advance and would be based on weekly assignments.
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This class will teach about religions that include animal and human sacrifice and a multitude of ritual practices that could be unnerving for the Western mind. No graphic imagery will be used directly in this course, but discussion of such topics will take place. This class uses Nearpod, which is an approved 3rd party tool and is 2D compliant. All videos will be through Nearpod, but some are from youtube and embedded.
Sources for this class include: Research from Emile Durkheim, E. B. Tylor, Henry Morgan and other sociologists and anthropologists who focused on religion, PEW Research Center, Crash Course, National Geographic, United Religions Initiative, PBS, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Cayuga Nations, Skä•noñh Center- Great Law of Peace Center, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, An Introduction to Native North America (Mark Sutton), The Buddhist Centre, Oxford Acadamy,, Paul Thebert, History Channel,,  Hinduism Today,,,, ABC News, Smithsonian, OMF International, Ryan Churchward, Nearpod Lesson Plans, Summit Ministries, JTV, Sefaria, Jewish Virtual Library, Bim Bam, Penn Today, Anywhere Cuba, About Santeria, MyJewishLearning, Business Insider, Refinery29, Viceland, Now This World, Ted-Ed, The Big Myth, Ethnographic research from my master's thesis and dissertation work, and online documentaries on Santeria and NeoPaganism (including Irish documentary film "Sacred Sites: Oracles" of Tile Films Ltd. for the Smithsonian Channel (2016))

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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(135)
I offer discounts for multiple learners and repeat learners. If any of my classes are outside your budget, please don't hesitate to reach out. I don't want financial need to stand in the way of learning for any student.

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Ages 9-12

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