The entire faculty, staff, and students will be interacting all year 2018-2019 with the novel Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Fr. Gregory Boyle. The paperback is available on Amazon.
ISBN: 978-1-4391-5315-4 (pbk)
ISBN: 978-1-4391-7177-6 (ebook)
EIGHTH AND NINTH GRADE ASSIGNMENT
Therefore, during the summer all 8th and 9th graders will watch a TED TALK by Fr. Boyle about his work and write responses to the two queries listed below. Each response should be at least two paragraphs, each paragraph being five to six sentences. The written responses should use the Hannan heading and MLA format when students use quotes from the book. The typed responses should be in Garamond, 12 font, double spaced. This work will be submitted to the Theology teacher the first week of school for credit.
The Hannan Heading is as follows:
Teacher: (name from schedule)
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The queries for grades 8 and 9 are as follows:
- 1.Based on Fr. Boyle’s TED TALK and the stories he tells, what is compassion really about? Give examples from the talk. How might you show compassion in your life?
2 In the TED TALK, how does Fr. Boyle define kinship? What examples does he give? With whom do you share kinship now in your life? With whom should you have kinship?
TENTH –TWELTH GRADE ASSIGNMENT
The students in grades 10-12 will read the book Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle and respond in paragraph form to three queries listed below. Each response should be at least two paragraphs, each paragraph being five to six sentences. The written responses should use the Hannan heading and MLA format when students quote from the book. The typed responses should be in Garamond, 12 font, double spaced. This work will be submitted to the Theology teacher the first week of school for credit.
The queries for grades 10-12 are as follows:
- 1. How would you define or describe the central lesson or theme that Father Boyle passes on to both the young men in gangs and to us, his readers? Cite some examples from the novel where Fr. Greg exemplifies that theme. Please use MLA format as per your Writers Inc. when you quote directly.
- 2. In the preface of the novel, Fr. Greg explains the inspiration for the title of the book. Which stories from Fr. Greg’s experience have been tattooed on your own heart? Why do you think those particular stories resonated with you? Be specific and note the page number where your story (ies) appear in the novel.
- 3. Describe what you think “boundless compassion” means to Fr. Greg and give an example or two from the novel when that “boundless compassion” is demonstrated. What could you do within your own sphere in your own life to use this power of “boundless compassion”?