Great Idea: Making the Examen Prayer a Video

Sometimes, teaching Catholic concepts can be best done with a hands-on project…here’s how a teacher in Washington, DC, pairs technology, the Works of Mercy, and the Examen.

Catholicism at Holy Trinity School centers on Ignatian spirituality. Every day, students pray the Examen, a special way to reflect on one’s day recognizing where and how God helps.

Since seventh graders focus on the mission spirit of the Jesuits, they are presented with a unique project, which tasks them to design an Examen video for both the school community and for an international mission community.

The video project is cross-curricular. Students learn about question styles, copyright laws, storyboard mechanics, and YouTube features. Working in small groups, this year’s seventh graders designed breathtaking Works of Mercy Examen videos.

Here’s a sample of the work they’ve done, entitled “Help the Homeless“:

~ Submitted by Marianne T. Green, Upper School Teacher, Holy Trinity School NW, Washington, DC

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