Tasks set based on ‘The Story of the Fisherman’ and ‘The Story of the Greek King and the Physician Douban’.
Use a dictionary to find the definitions of the following words that can be found ‘The Story of the Fisherman’.
Reading Task - The Story of the Greek King and the Physician Douban and The Story of the Husband and the Parrot
- Which country is the story set in?
- Why is the physician considered clever?
- What was the physicians name?
- What does the word ‘penetrate’ mean? Can you use it in a sentence?
- Explain the grand-vizir’s character in this story using evidence in the text to back it up?
- How did the King thank the physician for his help?
- Why do you think the grand-vizir dislikes the physician?
- How does the ‘The Story of the Husband and the Parrot’ link to ‘The Story of the Greek King and the Physician Douban’? Explain using evidence from the text.
- Explain what the grand-vizir should learn from ‘The Story of the Husband and the Parrot’?
- Predict whether the King will believe his grand-vizir or not.
Read through the powerpoint about relative clauses and complete the activity sheet.
This week we will be writing a non-chronological report about Baghdad in 900AD. Use the summary of Baghdad to identify key facts and the video to find out more information. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-baghdad-in-900ad/zjfxpg8
Use the example report and checklist to recap the features of a non-chronological report.
Write up your final report remembering to include the title, subheading and paragraphs of factual information to present your writing clearly. Use the marking focus below to support your write up.
L.O: I can find out about the House of Wisdom and how it became a centre for learning.
Today we are going to learn about the House of Wisdom.
Lost to us since the 13th century, the House of Wisdom in Baghdad, Iraq, was once a centre of learning in the medieval world. Known as Bayt al-Hikma in Arabic, the House of Wisdom was founded in 8th century Baghdad by Caliph Harun al-Rashid of the Abbasid dynasty. The House of Wisdom was effectively a library. It was also called a research centre. Many highly intelligent people gathered there to learn from one another. Much of what we now know about medicine and dentistry started here.
Watch the following video clips:
Work through Powerpoint - The House of Wisdom (below)
Task 1- You have been asked by the caliph to get more people to study at the house of wisdom! Create a 2 minute advert thinking of at least 5 reasons why people should go there.
Task 2- Can you design a prospectus using the ideas from your advert? You can present this in a way of your own choosing.
Without the ideas that were created and passed on by the research and work from the House of Wisdom (such as the translated works from Ancient Greece and Rome), the renaissance that began in Europe in the 14th century would not have happened.
Do you think it is important that we learn about the early Islamic civilisation?
Does the House of Wisdom still matter?
“Put your nose into the Bible every day. It is your spiritual food. And then share it. Make a vow not to be a lukewarm Christian.”
What does this quote mean to you? Write a response.
The Bible is by far the best-selling book of all time!
The word Bible means book, although actually it is a collection of different kinds of books or writings, which we call Holy Scripture. It tells of God’s love and how people responded to that love. The books of the Old Testament tell of the events before the coming of Jesus. The New Testament tells of the birth, life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus and of how the Church began and grew as it spread the Good News.
Much of what is in the Bible started with telling a story orally and passing it on from one generation to the next. Gradually, over a very long period of time the stories were collated and written down. There are seventy-three books in the Bible in total - forty-six books in the Old Testament and twenty-seven books in the New Testament. Nobody knows exactly when each book was written. We do know that it took a thousand years or more for all the books to be completed. The last book was written at the end of the first century AD. (AD stands for the Latin phrase, ‘Anno Domini’, which means ‘the year of our Lord’).
Over many years, many different authors have contributed writings to the Bible, so there is poetry, letters, prayers, history, documentaries, drama, legend, biography - in fact any kind of writing or genre that you would find in a good library! All these authors, regardless of the style in which they wrote, wanted to tell one thing – the truth about God and his love for his people.
The Holy Spirit inspired the authors in their writing. This is why the Church family believes that the Holy Spirit is also the author of the Bible. When Christians read the Bible or listen to the readings during the Liturgy of the Word at Mass, God is truly present and those who hear the Word come, through the power of Holy Spirit, to know and love God the Father and Jesus, who was sent by God, to show God’s love for everyone. The Bible was written in three different languages and on three different continents.
The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew, with a few chapters in the prophecies of Ezra and Daniel written in Aramaic.
The New Testament was written in different languages, mainly Greek. Its many authors include fishermen, kings, prophets, poets and musicians. The Bible has been translated into countless different languages and versions.
The Bible is divided into two sections:
We share the Old Testament with the Jewish people. They call it the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’. However, the order and number of the books is slightly different. All Christians share the Bible, Old and New Testaments, but the number and order of the books is often different.
Both Jewish people and Christians treat Holy Scripture, with great reverence and respect, because they believe it is the Word of God. At Mass, the Scriptures are placed on a special reading desk called a ‘lectern’ and are read with care and reverence. At the end of the reading, the priest kisses the Scriptures.
Paul, in his letter to the people of Rome, who were suffering persecution for their faith, explains how Scripture helps us:
‘Everything written in the Scriptures was written to teach us, in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement which the Scriptures give us. And may God, the source of patience and encouragement, enable you to have the same point of view among yourselves by following the example of Christ Jesus, so that all of you together may praise with one voice the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Romans 15: 4-6
(Note that Catholics have 73 books in their Bible not 66, because some Christian Churches do not include some of the books that Catholics do. See picture below)
Please answer these in full sentences in your book.
Q. What kinds of stories are passed on in your family? What do they tell you about your family?
Q. What do you think the people of God might have thought was important to remember and pass on?
Q. Why is the Bible important to Christians?
Q. When do you hear the Bible being read?
Q. How is the Holy Spirit the author of the Bible?
Q. What do you think is the hope that Paul is referring to in his letter to the Romans? (Hint: it could be
the hope for Salvation, for Eternal life.)
ACTIVITY - Books of the Bible
Look at a selection of books in the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments. Find out what they are about and classify them into the different genres below.
Historical books: these books give an account of special events in the life of the Jewish people. They are not history as we know today, but a record of God leading his people through episodes and characters e.g. 2 Samuel 2, David is made king of Judah.
Poems and hymns: these could be a prayer as a thanksgiving or in praise of God. They were used at daily services in the Temple and synagogue, and today by Jewish people and Christians in their worship e.g. Psalm 117 Praise the Lord all you nations.
Wisdom Literature: these are short and easy-to-remember sayings, used by people in their everyday lives e.g. Proverbs 6: 6-11 Learn from the ant.
Good News: The Gospels. They are not a biography of Jesus, but record the memories about Jesus and of those whose lives were changed through contact with him e.g. Matthew 18: 1-5. Jesus welcomes children.
Letters: An epistle is a writing directed or sent to a person or group of people. Paul was a prolific letter writer. He sent letters to different communities of people telling them about God.
Use the table in the lesson resource to record your findings (or draw your own, if you wish). An example has been done for you.
What is it about?
What does it teach us?
The book talks about the meaning of life and the best way to live.