One of the most popular projects assigned in religious education programs is a research project on the saints. Confirmation candidates almost always have to do some research on their Confirmation saint and many Catholic school teachers find such research to be very valuable in supplementing the lessons of the year.
Consider the following resources to provide students with their research:
Note that these websites should only be starting points. Students should search their local or school library or diocesan media center for resources dedicated specifically to their saints.)
Excellent source of facts about each saint with some short life summaries. It is the best place to find information on patronage and important dates.
Short summaries of the lives of thousands of canonized saints and beati.
Another great source for basic information about the saints.
Catholic Pages Directory: Saints
Various links to books, articles, and more about the saints.
Pope Benedict XVI’s Wednesday Audiences
Since 2006, Pope Benedict XVI has dedicated his Wednesday Audiences to catecheses on the saints from the Apostles to the present day.
- Peter to Timothy and Titus (2006): http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/audiences/2006/index_en.htm
- Stephen to saints of 4th Century (2007): http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/audiences/2007/index_en.htm
- 4th to 6th centuries, with 20 catechesis dedicated to the year of Saint Paul (2008): http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/audiences/2008/index_en.htm
- 6th to 12th centuries (2009): http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/audiences/2009/index_en.htm
- 12th to 13th century and beyond (2010): http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/audiences/2010/index_en.htm
Suggested Project Formats
- Video biography
- Decorated information cards/pages to post in the room
- Presentation options:
- Role-play the saint
- Dress up like the saint
- PowerPoint slide presentation
- Have students debate certain issues from the perspective of their saint.
- Have students lead the class in a prayer written by their saint.
On what basis should their research projects be evaluated?
This will depend on the format that you are asking students to present their research. Make sure you have written rubrics and clear project descriptions for the students. If possible, provide sample “A” projects, “B” projects, etc. with explanations for their grades.
Sample research project rubrics:
“Rubric for a Research Project”: www.sdst.org/shs/library/resrub.html
- A+ Rubric, “Research Process Rubric – Middle School”: www.uwstout.edu/static/profdev/rubrics/middlelschresearchrubric.html
- Rubistar, “Create a New Rubric”: http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php?screen=NewRubric