World History: Journey Across Time

Chapter 10: The Rise of Christianity

Student Web Activity

"The Rise of Christianity"

As the Roman Empire grew, so did a small group of believers who called themselves Christians. As you've 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, you'll discover the mission of the American Red Cross Youth Services and its efforts to aid people around the world and at home. If you think you're too young to help others, visit the American Red Cross Web site to learn about its Youth Services Program.

Visit the American Red Cross Web site to discover what you can do to help others.

Destination Title:  American Red Cross

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Start at the American Red Cross Web site and select "Youth Services."

  • Read the content on this page and then click on "Junior Red Cross in 1917" in the first paragraph.
  • Read about the history of the Red Cross Youth Services, or Junior Red Cross.
  • Next, select "Interactive Zone" from the menu on the left.
  • Select "Games." Next, choose the "Hurricane Challenge" to take the online disaster quizzes
  • Select a disaster: hurricane, drought, flood, earthquake, volcano, or tornado. Take the quiz!

After you've read the history of the American Red Cross Youth Services and taken your online quiz, answer the following questions.

What percentage of Red Cross volunteers are under the age of 24?
How old do you have to be to donate blood?
Who were the "Little Six?" What role did they play in the development of the Junior Red Cross?
How did the Junior Red Cross contribute to the World War II effort?
It's volunteer time! You've decided to become a Red Cross volunteer. You want to convince your friends it's the right thing to do! Browse the Web site, reading about the different opportunities available to kids your age. Next, create a short presentation to deliver to your friends. The presentation can be in the form of a letter, song, or even a Web site. Choose the best way to communicate to your friends about the importance of volunteering.
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