World History: Journey Across Time
The Rise of Christianity
Web Activity Lesson Plans
As the Roman Empire grew, so did a small group of believers who called themselves Christians. As students have learned in this chapter, followers of Christianity were first persecuted by the Roman government. Later, their faith would become the official religion of the Empire. Missionaries-including monks and nuns-helped spread Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox Christianity north and west. Today, missionaries of many different faiths travel around the world to help others. Many nondenominational organizations model their efforts after these early missionaries, offering aid to those in need. In this activity, students will visit the American Red Cross Web site to discover the mission of the American Red Cross Youth Services and its efforts to aid people around the world and at home.
Destination Title: American Red Cross
Students will learn about youth involvement in the Junior Red Cross, which dates back to World War I. Students will discover the volunteer opportunities of the Red Cross. Students will take an online interactive quiz that will teach them about a natural disaster and its effect on the lives of its victims. They will answer four questions about what they've learned. Students will apply this knowledge by choosing a volunteer opportunity and using their creative juices to convince their peers to join them in their mission.
- Students will describe the history and involvement of the Junior Red Cross.
- Students will choose a volunteer opportunity and use a creative presentation to engage their peers in this effort.
Student Web Activity Answers
- Forty percent of Red Cross volunteers are under the age of 24.
- You must be at least 17 to donate blood.
- The "Little Six" were six children from Waterford, Pennsylvania. In 1884 they performed a play that raised more than 50 dollars, which they donated to the Red Cross. This act initiated the tradition of youth fundraising.
- Youth involvement during World War II included all of the following: producing clothing, toys, furniture, and art works; saving and collecting waste papers, textile, metals, fats, and foods; working in Victory Gardens; assisting individual chapters; recruiting blood donors.
- Answers will vary.