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Suggested “Teach-Together Texts” for Middle and High School

by Carole Buleza
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Having finished a not-so-stellar few years of teaching those grades without any specific program, I was keenly aware of the need for some guidance. As the publishing situation in the pan-Orthodox world continues unresolved after five years, it remained to our staff to work creatively with what is extant--whether by modifying or by giving guidance on programming, we looked at which might fit together for an interesting year’s worth of lessons. As noted in the report we have several other materials which we will be suggesting for “teach-together texts.”

A change to note--The Way, The Truth, and The Life, has previously been recommended for 8th Grade. It is our understanding that it is more commonly and successfully used over a two-year span, 8th and 9th grade. We do offer a 9th-grade alternative suggestion. In addition, we will have a few educational objectives written for the items in the Teach-Together Texts. Check the Teacher and Church School Director pages on the Christian Education website for progress on these.

The listing is below. THESE ARE NOT SOLD TOGETHER. The parentheses indicate the publisher: GOA is the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, and the number following is the number of lessons. OCEC is the Orthodox Christian Education Commission, and the number following is the number of lessons. You can find the GOA materials at Type “zines” in the search bar and click on the catalog. They are on page 3. The OCEC is at, the Interim Curriculum pieces are on the inner pages. The Interim Curriculum pieces, can be enhanced graphics, which could be part of an assignment for the students, especially if your facility has wifi. We hope to have a recommendation for 12th grade soon.

Stewardship: Serving in God’s World (GOA, 5)
Of Your Mystical Supper (GOA, 5)
Facing Up to Peer Pressure (GOA, 5)
Honesty (GOA, 5)

What’s Love Got to Do With It? (OCEC, 7)
Journey Through Holy Week Zine (GOA, 5)
“What Would You Do?” (OCEC, 14)

The Way, The Truth, and The Life (OCEC, 28)

“The First 800 Years” (OCEC, 7)
“The Work of Salvation” (OCEC, 7)
“For Unto Us a Child is Born Zine” (GOA, 4)

Celebrations (OCEC, 46)

Heaven on Earth: the Divine Liturgy Zine (GOA, 5)
“My Body My Spirit” (OCEC, 7)
A Lamp Unto My Feet: Intro to the Bible Zine (GOA, 5)

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