We are studying Revelation and gearing up for a robust time of review in preparation for
the Final Exam.
Posted: 4/21/16

Course Title: New Testament Survey (11th grade)

Textbook:  Holy Bible
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Peter Edward Burch, PhD
Contact Information: pburch@finneyschool.org; 387-3770 x256

Course Description

This is an overview of the writings of the New Testament. Students will learn about divine nature and mission
of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Additionally, we will discuss the authorship, historical context,
purpose, major themes, and theological content of each book in the New Testament.  Students will memorize
Scriptures, enhance critical thinking skills, compare Christian and secular worldviews, and make personal
applications of the learning.  In the first grading period, emphasis will be on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ
as presented in the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). In the second grading period, and part of
the third, we will study the life and letters
of Paul focusing primarily on the expansion and establishment of the
Church (Acts to Titus).  In the fourth and final grading period, we will study
the letters of Peter, James, John,
and Jude. 


Instructional Method

Throughout the year, the students will be exposed to a variety of teaching practices that will appeal to a wide range 
of learning styles.  The purpose of this variety is to help each student find success in learning the curriculum while
developing his/her own personal learning method.  While the instructional delivery will be varied, the objectives and 
emphasis will remain the same.  The emphasis is on authentic understanding, high quality work, memorizing Scripture,
and mastering the central themes and doctrines, and most importantly, facilitating opportunities for Christian growth

in a loving environment. .  

Learning Units

Unit 1: Introduction and Background to the New Testament and the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)

Unit 2: Acts, Romans,  1 and 2 Corinthians

Unit 3: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians

Unit 4: Colossians, Philemon, 1 and 2 Thessalonians 

Unit 5: 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, James

Unit 6: 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2, and 3 John, Jude, Revelation

Classroom Behavior Expectations

The guiding philosophy behind the classroom behavior expectations is respect and responsibility.  In this classroom, 
and in life, you should respect the presence of God, respect your teachers, respect your peers, respect your school, 
and respect yourself.  You are also expected to be responsible for your actions and being prepared for class.  
Specific behavioral expectations are posted in the classroom (see "Classroom Management Plan").

​Required Materials

​2" binder, paper, dividers

Homework Assignments

Students should expect two homework assignments per week requiring reading passages in the New Testament
and answering questions with varying degrees of cognitive skill (Bloom's taxonomy).  The purpose of the assignments
is to reinforce and deepen understanding of the main concepts 
of the New Testament.

Late Homework Policy

If a student is absent when work is assigned, s/he is given the same amount of time to turn it in. If a student knows
of an assignment/due date, but is absent on the due date, it is to be turned in on the first day the student returns .  
1 day late = half off grade earned, 2 days late = zero.


Major Projects 

First Semester:  Students will create a web-based (Prezi.com) presentation illustrating and explaining one of the
major events in one of Paul's missionary journeys. Students will receive start-up training in class (how to sign up,
getting started, and basic design functions); however, students will also need to take personal initiative, like
watching online tutorials, to incorporate more advanced creative applications to the projects.


Second Semester:  In the third grading people, students will create a free website (Weebly.com) to create a website
depicting the events of the Jesus' Second Coming. In the fourth and final grading period, students will utilize
PosterMyWall.com (no cost) to creatively express Jesus’ message to one of the seven churches addressed in the
Book of Revelation.  As explained above, start-up training will be provided, but some personal initiative will also
be required.

Late Project Policy

Projects must be turned in on the assigned due date.  Due to a project's long lead time, students will not be given
additional days off for days missed (exceptions may apply for extended absences).  1 day late = half off grade earned,
2 days late = zero.

Cumulative Testing

Any material assessed on a test or quiz may be reassessed on a subsequent test or quiz.

Final Exam Review

During the first week of school, students will receive (by email) a PowerPoint presentation to be used for reviewing
for the Final Exam.  The review document will not be comprehensive, however, it is extensive and very helpful in reviewing
for the Final Exam in June.  We will also review for the Final Exam in May (date TBD).

Test/Quiz Retakes

There are no test or quiz retakes in this class. All students are are expected to be prepared on the scheduled test day.

Extra Assistance

Make an appointment with me if you need extra assistance in comprehending the material.


Tests .....................……………..…… 35%      
Projects  ………….…............…,…... 20%       
Quizzes .…….……….................…..  20%       
Homework ........................................15%
Classroom Participation …...….........10%    
Total ............................................... 100%     

Extra Credit

Extra credit is available on some assessments.

Final Exam

The comprehensive Final Exam is very important, 20% of the overall grade.  The test is administered in a
2 to 3 hour time block, on one day (TBD) between the dates of June 6-8, 2016.