Saintly Assignments

• Read a biography of a saint and report on it orally, in writing, or as a PowerPoint presentation.

• Have a book chat in small groups. Possible topics: How my saint practiced faith, hope, and charity. Why my person is a saint. How my saint can be imitated in today’s world. Who resembles my saint today. My saint’s life. How my saint is human and holy. How my saint influenced others.

• Make a booklet for younger children telling the story of a saint.

• Compare two saints.

• Make a symbolic picture for a saint: a stained glass window or a mosaic.

• Write a prayer or a hymn to a saint.

•Write a pamphlet “How to Be a Saint.” Include pictures.

• Collect acts of heroism reported in the news.

• Report on the process of canonization (its history, a cause, the ceremony, titles: servant of God, venerable, blessed, doctor, confessor).

• Do research on your baptismal and confirmation patrons, the patron of your parish, of countries, of various occupations, your favorite saint.

• Create a bulletin board or a poster tracing the saints through history.

• Design a book jacket and write a burb for a biography of a saint.

• Write diary entries of a saint or a news article about a day in his or her life.

• Write a letter to a saint and then the reply.

• Compose a poem for the saint:  a ballad, a cinquain, an ode, a diamante, a concrete poem, or an epitaph.

• Collect quotations from saints. Make bookmarks of them.

• Make a booklet of prayers of the saints.

• Prepare a portfolio of portraits of saints (black and white drawings, water color, pastel, oils). Add brief character descriptions.

• Dress a doll or make a puppet to represent a saint.

• Create a collage depicting the saint.

• Draw a saint on drawing paper to add to a class Family Album of Saints or a Gallery of Saints display.

• Name a saint you would like to meet when you get ot heaven. Tell what you would say and what you would ask the saint.

• Write a newspaper article about a saint or an article for People magazine.

• Put on a play about one or a few saints. You might use puppets or paper cutouts on popsicle sticks. Invite guests.

• Make a saint mobile with symbols for saints that have something in common, for example, a mobile of the apostles or of Canadian saints.

• Compile a scrapbook on a particular saint.

• Use a shoebox to make  shrine for a saint or a diorama of his or her life.

• Interview people about their favorite saints.

• Create a shield and motto, a tee shirt, or a website for a saint.

• Write an interview with a saint.