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  • Open Book Test Review

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    Study note on Buddhism and chapter in text book, assigned test readings and questions and the key terms that will be in a matching section:


    1. Ahimsa            J. Enlightenment            S. Puja
    2. Anicca                              K.Karma                                T. Reincarnation
    3. Ascetic                       L.Koan                                   U. Samsara
    4. Bhikkhuni                  M.Mandala                             V. Sangha
    5. Bodhisattva                N.Mantras                              W. Sutras
    6. Buddha                       O.Meditation                          X. Tripitaka
    7. Dalai Lama                 P.Middle Way                        Y. Wheel of Life
    8. Dharma                      Q. Nirvana                               Z. Zen Buddhism
    9. Dukkha                       R. Parinirvana

    Other terms:


    end of suffering

    lay people


    matching /26

    Fill in the Blanks /17

    T/F: /5 

    Short Answer /49

    Examples: Who is Dalai Lama; Zen; Karma; Theravada v. Mahayana;four sights; five precepts; nirvana; eightfold path; four noble truths....


    -The Magic Ring

      -Alan Watts dream analogy

      -In The Neverending Story,  a) What was the Stone Giant running away from? B) What killed Altreo’s horse (Artens)? )

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  • Jaggi_Vasudev

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  • Journals: (What is beyond the observable universe theories)

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  • TEST MONDAY (Short answer + Multiple Choice)

    -Hinduism note

    -Agori / Believer

    -Dr. Alan Wolf

    -Life of Pi

    -Lost, Man of Science, Man of Faith

    -Bishop Sheen                                 

    -Bonus: Which saint drove the snakes out of Ireland?

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  • Test Review for Test #2


    Test= Oct. 8th Multiple Choice & True or False + 3 short answer questions HRE3O/M


                       -Lili Walla

                       -I Am Inikiwuk

                       -Secret Path

                       -“The Elders Are Listening:

                       -Smudging Ceremony

                       -Aboriginal Spirituality Note


                       -Text p.35-113 (es. Beliefs in after life, “Tree Of Peace”, Vision Quest, the questions at bottom of p.57, Janinism, Ahisma, Taoism, fung shu, Torii)

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  • Today, Sept.30th, we are watching "The Secret Path" graphic novel by Gord Downie in memoral of residential school survivors and victims as part of WEAR ORANGE DAY 

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  • Test Review

    Short Answer

    What do all religions have in common?

    Class notes


    Dances with Wolves:

    1. In Dances with Wolves:
      1. Who is “Dances with Wolves”? (1)
      2. What is Dunbar’s horse symbolic of and name two other things that are symbolic in the film (4)
      3. What happens to the wolf? (1)
      4. How are the renegade Mohawks portrayed? (1)
      5. Why does Dunbar force a boot onto his injured foot in the opening scene?
      6. What happens in Dunbar’s life that sees him transition from suicidal to feeling a sense or contentment and purpose? (1)
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  • Greatest Film Class Poll Results 2019-20:

    ENG1P: Forest Gump

    HRE3O: Magic Mike

    CHC2P: Home Alone

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  • *Updated: Oct.1st


    Oct. 8th




    Oct,3: Myth

    Oct. 10th: essay, Native Unit assignment

    Oct. 21st: Hindu p.61 assignment

    30th: Kosher menu assignment

    31st: Fiddler on Roof q's

    Nov.6: Gandhi q's 

    Culminating: Jan. 8-10


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  • Welcome to the 2019-20 school year. This page will be under construction the first week of school. *

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  • Breaking: Exams have been moved back a day. Exams will begin Friday, not Thursday. 

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  • Additional Exam Sample Questions for HRE3O (HRE3M students, your additional sample questions appear below after the 3O samples):

    1. Who raised Moses?
    2. Where did God appear to Moses?
    3. When Moses asked God what His name was, what did God say?
    4. Name three plagues that came out of Egypt.
    5. What do you think convinced Pharaoh that Moses’ God was the one true God?
    6. What key event happened in 1948 for Jews?
    7. How many Jews were killed in the Holocaust, who killed them, and why?
    8. Define the Observer Effect
    9. Describe “The God Part of the Brain” theory.
    10. What miraculous event surprises Jack Shepperd in Lost Season 2, episode 1 (“Man of Science, Man of Faith”)?
    11. Who was Wayne Dyer and what are two philosophies that he taught?
    12. Who was Bishop Sheen and what was one philosophy that he taught?
    13. What do Buddhists believe about disappointment?
    14. Name a religion that believes that nothing lasts forever.
    15. Yoga is very much a part of society. How does the general practice of yoga in North America differ from yoga as understood by Hindus?
    16. Choose one: a) How is the Jewish home made sacred? b) Briefly describe the significance of the time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, including each of these holy days.
    1. Define any six of the following:

    Bar Mitzvah, rabbi, circumcision, covenant, Hanukkah, Israel, kosher, Passover, synagogue , Torah, Yom Kippur, Zionism.

      1. Pick one a) Explain what takes place on the Shabbat. B) Define Tao:
      2. Define 6 of the following: (12) jen, folk Shinto, myth polytheism, Ahura Mazda, dakhma, Gathas, ahimsa, jiva, karma.
      3. Pick one: a) Define any 4 of the following:  Agni, atman, Brahma, Brahman, caste system, guru, Krishna, mantra, maya b) Sefine meditation and explain which religion is both yoga and Vedas associated with?
      4. Name a religion that teaches you to marry within your faith.
      5. Do you think that parents should have any say in a prospective marriage for their children? Explain.
      6. What is your interpretation of the following Hindu quote: “The wise one is not born, nor dies, this one has come from anywhere, has not become anyone.  Unborn, eternal, primeval, this one is not slain when the body is slain.
      7. What do Christians understand the Torah to be?
      8. What is the Qur’an?
      9. List the 5 Pillars of Islam:
      10. Can a Muslim have more than one wife?
    • Are the majority of Muslims SUNNI or SHI’A?

    HRE3M Students:


    1. Briefly describe one aboriginal belief or practice that you feel might be essential to a balanced life in today’s society.


    1. Dharma is a very important concept in Hinduism. Select one of the following individuals (teacher, parent, friend, police officer, politician, soldier) and in your opinion, state what is the essential dharma of that individual. Do not forget to identify the individual that you are writing about.



    What to know for the matching section:

    Agnostic                      Moksha                      Religious Pluralism

    Ahimsa                        Monotheism                 Samsara

    Animism                      Nirvana                       Shaman

    Asceticism                   Om                              Theology

    Atman                         Polytheism                   Tripitaka

    Dharma                       Reincarnation             Wheel of Life

     Homa                         Religious Impulse      Brahmin

    Bindi                           Karma                         Arya Samat

    Varanisi                       Culture           


    What to know for the fill in the blanks:

    Confucius              Mahatma Gandhi        Oscar Schindler

    Lao Tzu                 Zoroaster                     Adolf Hitler

    Dalai Lama           Jesus                            Pontius Pilate

    Elijah Harper        Abraham                     Mother Teresa

    Handsome Lake    The Peacemaker          Moses



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  • Those unable to complete culminating prior to exam will complete it in the afternoon of the exam under supervision. 

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  • The final journal and Culminating Task remain due Jan.24th, however, the final assignment of making a healthy body/mind/soul/ brochure is now optional for bonus marks. 

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    Additional review and sample questions provided on last two classes of the course.

    Mark breakdown subject to change*

    Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario

    St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School

    HRE 30 Grade 11 open Religion (World Religions)

    Final Exam

    Day 2 January 2019


              Teacher: R. D’Alessio                                   Time: 2 Hours










    Short Answer




    60 min

    Explain each term in sentence form


    Multiple Choice


              / 25


    15 min

    Circle the correct answer





    5 min

    Match section A with the term in section B.


                    Fill in the Blanks




    5 min

    Fill in the blanks


    Long Answer 




              30 min

    Answer the following questions

     in one paragraph.

    Go back and do missed questions


    2 min


    Check your work


    5 min




              122 min

    Try to answer every question


    Name: ___________________________________

    Section 1: Short Answer (92 points)


    1. Choose one a) How is the Jewish home made sacred? B) What is the theme in Life of Pi? (2)



    1. Choose one a) Briefly describe the significance of the time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, including each of these holy days. B) Name 4 reasons why Pi gets sad in Life of Pi. (4)


    1. Define any six of the following: (12)

    Bar Mitzvah, rabbi, circumcision, covenant, Hanukkah, Israel, kosher, Passover, synagogue , Torah, Yom Kippur, Zionism.


    (Know: Life of Pi,  Tao, jen, folk Shinto, myth polytheism, Ahura Mazda, dakhma, Gathas, ahimsa, jiva, karma,  atman, Brahma, Brahman, caste system, guru, Krishna, mantra, maya, meditation, yoga, Vedas associated with, Aboriginal spirituality, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Torah, journals, Qur’an, 5 Pillars of Islam, SUNNI, SHI’A,  


    Multiple Choice (25 points)



    1. Agnostic peoples believe in….


    1. A Supreme Creator and other lesser spirits than control power in the universe.
    2. Only one God that they call Grandfather.
    3. Many Gods that all have equal powers, but no supreme being.
    4. None of the above


    1. What is the purpose of the Vision Quest?


    1. It is a form of confession.
    2. It is a right of passage to adulthood.
    3. It is an attempt to foresee the future.
    4. It is to sit in a sweat lodge until you are purified.




    1. The sacred writings of Aboriginal peoples are:


    1. Totem poles
    2. A book called oracy
    3. Several books and scriptures called the Good Messages.
    4. They didn’t have written text; the knowledge, prayers and culture was passed down by the telling and retelling of events.


    (Know: What is the common belief of death and afterlife for the Aboriginal peoples? Why did Zoroaster want to change Persia’s religious beliefs?, Jainism, Bible Belt, Confucianism,  Shinto, Nirvana,  Dalai Lama, Reiki, the 7 Sacraments)




    Matching (10 points)


    (Know: Agnosticism, Gandhi, Messiah)



    Fill in the Blanks: (13 points)


    1. The religion of __________________ says it’s against the will of God to marry outside of your faith.


    1. _______________ is the four traditional stages of life as Hinduism ideally depicts them and what is involved in each.


    1. The religion of ______________________________ teaches that contraception is immoral and a sin outside of marriage and also inside of marriage up until the time the couple are no longer having children.




    Buddha                 ashramas                               Schrodinger’s Cat    Shi’ A  Kosher


    Long Answer: 15 points


    describe Christianity's relationship to Judaism. Be sure to cover both historical and theological issues.

    (Know: Lost episode Season 2, episode 1,”Man of Science, Man of Faith”




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  • Test: Thursday, Nov. 22 

    Test Review:

    What to know:



















    Dalai Lama Middle Way

    Wheel of Life



    Zen Buddhism




    Matching, True Or False, Fill in the blanks, short answer, opinion question

    Example True or False:

    Buddhism was founded 2500 years ago in India.

    There are four main schools of Buddhism.

    The Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India, commemorates the enlightenment of the


    What to know for the fill in the blanks:

    Therevada       Tripikata         Zen Garden     End of Suffering

    Mahayana       Parinirvana      Songkran         Symbols          Rituals

    Three Baskets             Sutras              lay people

    Example short answer: Name the 4 Noble Truths

    Opinion Question: In your opinion, is Buddhism a religion, a philosophy, a psychology, or a way of life?

    Give at least three arguments to support your position.

    Study: notes, handouts, Buddhism chapter in text book

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  • Hinduism (notes/end of chapter questions in text)  

    Bishop Sheen (YouTube clip on "how to think")

    Wayne Dyer (what was his message about steps to being happy and successful in life)

    Schroeder Cat (define theory)

    LOST episode  (Dr. Jack Shepperd was a person of science but how did he also experience faith? (he didn't think his patient would ever walk again, and she did). 

    Dali Lama



    Social justice

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  • TEST: Monday Oct.1st. OKA, Inuit myth, notes (“All Religions…”, Aboriginals, Early Religions) , The Elders are Listening, Liliwalla, Samsara, Aghori*

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  • Dear Parents: The topic of residential schools will come up during the Aboriginal Unit. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this. Thank you. Mr. Rob D'Alessio: Rob.D' 

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  • Here is our class pic 2018-19 group

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  • The greatest film acording to...

    ENG1D: "The Hunger Games"

    ENG3C: tie between "Deadpool" and "21 Jump Street"

    HRT3O: "Dirty Grandpa" 

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  • Remind App: Beginning Jan. 28, those who normally get texts will no longer receive messages if they have plans with Rogers, Bell, or their subsidiaries.

    (past:  mythology/creation story, test, OKA crisis journal, Brother Bear journal, Wayne Dyer journal, Thought Experiments journals, Lost journal, Cat in the box journal, God Part of Brain journal, Hinduism end of chapter questions, prayer service, essay, Kosher menu.)

    Jan. 9th: Culminating Task begins

    17th: term 2 journals and text work and "healthy soul" brochure  

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  • Welcome! Stay tuned, this website will be updated soon. Meanwhile, you can reach me at Rob.D' and please join the class on the Remind App. 

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  • HZT4U/HRT3M/O: Life of Pi


    “Above all, don’t lose hope.”

    "In the end, all of life becomes a moment of letting go."

    There is a lot of philosophy in Life of Pi. From a positive psychology standpoint, the main character is very resilient and purpose-orientated.

    Themes: Will to live, determination, story-telling/mythology, and The Nature of Religious Belief (film/novel begins with an old man in Pondicherry who tells the narrator, “I have a story that will make you believe in God.” Storytelling and religious belief are two closely linked ideas in the film/novel. On a literal level, each of Pi’s three religions, Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam, come with its own set of stories, which are used to spread the teachings and illustrate the beliefs of the faith. Pi enjoys the wealth of stories, but he also senses that, as Father Martin assured him was true of Christianity, each of these stories might simply be aspects of a greater, universal story about love. Stories and religious beliefs are also linked in Life of Pi because Pi asserts that both require faith on the part of the listener or devotee. Surprisingly for such a religious boy, Pi admires atheists (in the book). To him, the important thing is to believe in something, and Pi can appreciate an atheist’s ability to believe in the absence of God with no concrete proof of that absence. Pi has nothing but disdain, however, for agnostics, who claim that it is impossible to know either way, and who therefore refrain from making a definitive statement on the question of God. Pi sees this as evidence of a shameful lack of imagination. To him, agnostics who cannot make a leap of faith in either direction are like listeners who cannot appreciate the non-literal truth a fictional story might provide.

    Life of Pi is based on Yann Martel's 2001 novel of the same name. The storyline revolves around a 16-year-old Indian boy named Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, who survives a shipwreck in which his family dies, and is stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a tiger named Richard Parker.

    If you were away when we watched the film and wish to watch it before reading further, this is your Spoiler Alert:  Pi is crushed that Richard Parker does not acknowledge him before disappearing into the jungle. Pi is rescued and brought to a hospital. Insurance agents for the freighter interview him, but do not believe his story and ask what "really" happened. Remembering an incident aboard the ship when the ship's cook insulted his family, he makes up a less fantastic account of sharing the lifeboat with his mother, a Buddhist sailor with a broken leg, and the cook. According to this story, the cook killed the sailor in order to eat him and use him as bait. In a later struggle, Pi's mother pushed her son to safety on a smaller raft before the cook stabbed her and threw her overboard. Pi later returned, took the knife and killed the cook. Next, Yann notes the parallels between the two stories: the orangutan was Pi's mother, the zebra was the sailor, the hyena was the cook, and Richard Parker was Pi. Pi asks which story the writer prefers, and the writer chooses "the one with the tiger" because it is "the better story", to which Pi responds, "Thank you. And so it goes with God". Glancing at a copy of the insurance report, Yann sees that the agents wrote that Pi survived 227 days at sea with an adult Bengal tiger, meaning they had also chosen the more fantastic story to be the one recorded as the real story.

    The author of the novel meant to teach readers that life is a story... You can choose your story... A story with God is the better story." A recurring theme throughout the novel seems to be believability. Pi at the end of the book asks the two investigators "If you stumble about believability, what are you living for? "There are two main themes of the book: "that all life is interdependent, and that we live and breathe via belief" (positive psychology).

    The author is also quoted as saying: “I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always ... so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.” 

    Questions:                                           /9


    1. Pick 2 of the following quotes and interpret them in your own words considering the context during the film: (4)
    2. a) “Why would a Lotus flower hide in the forest?”
    3. b) “…And so it goes with God?”
    4. c) “I know zoos are no longer in people’s good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusions about freedom plague them both.”
    5. d) “Without Richard Parker, I wouldn’t be alive today to tell you my story.”
    6. e) “The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.”
    7. What would you do if you were stranded at sea in a lifeboat? (1)
    8. What is your view on zoos? (2)
    9. Was there really a tiger in the boat or not? Explain. (2)

    BONUS: How might the storm scene (the climax) be symbolic?


    Information on the floating island:

    The floating island is very symbolic of society, humanity, faith and the environment. For example, Castello Aragonese is a small island which really exists in the Tyrrhenian Sea near Naples. Bubbles of carbon dioxide rise from volcanic vents on the seafloor and dissolve to form high concentrations of carbonic acid that make seawater corrosive. That real island offers insight into the acidification of the world’s oceans, as they absorb increasing amounts of anthropogenic atmospheric carbon dioxide thanks to our excessive burning of “archived” photosynthesis fuels (oil, coal and natural gas). Like the floating island Pi and Richard Parker discover, the island of Castello Aragonese creates beds of vivid green sea grass and sustains swarms of translucent jellyfish and algae. Yet no other life survives in its waters. All the world’s oceans could in theory  become this acidified via pollution by 2100 with severe impacts on small lifeforms in the ocean.

    Initially Pi thinks the island is a delusion (in the book). “I was getting used to my delusion. To make it last I refrained from putting a strain on it; when the lifeboat nudged the island, I did not move, only continued to dream.” But the author spends too long with the island for it to just be a delusion. Pi describes the island very precisely. “My foot sank into the clear water and met the rubbery resistance of something flexible but solid. I put more weight down. The illusion would not give. I put the full weight of my foot. Still I did not sink. Still I did not believe.” This doubting Thomas illusion mixes with the fact that it's an island that can consume you if you're not careful. Perhaps, if your faith is too easy and you no longer brave the stormy seas, then you're no longer experiencing real faith.



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    TEST: Monday

    Test Review




    Hinduism & Buddhism note

    Fiddler on the Roof

    The God part of the brain theory

    The Disappearance of the Universe theory

    Karate Kid

    Religion stats

    What is Hinduism handout

    Text: Hinduism in Canada, Buddhist beliefs, The 5 Precepts, p.189, Zen,

    Dalai Lama

    Buddhism Matching Examples:

    Ahimsa, Enlightenment, Puja, Anicca, Karma, Reincarnation, Ascetic, Koan, Samsara,

    Bhikkhuni, Mandala, Sangha, Bodhisattva, Mantras, Sutras, Buddha, Meditation, Tripitaka,

    Dalai Lama, Middle Way, Wheel of Life (see text), Dharma, Nirvana, Zen Buddhism,

    Dukkha, Parinirvana

    Hinduism Matching:

    Ahimsa, Maya, Atman, Avatar, Moksha, Bhakti, Om, Brahma, Prasad, Brahman, Samsara,

    Caste System, Swami, Dharma, Vedas, Guru, Vishnu, Hindu Trinity, Yoga, Homa, Yogi,

    Karma, Mantra

    True or False Buddhism examples:

    Buddhism was founded 2500 years ago in India.

    there are four main schools of Buddhism.

    The Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India, commemorates the enlightenment of the


    The Buddha was not born a Buddhist, rather he was a Hindu.

    All Buddhist teachings show the way to end the suffering of life and to stop Samsara.

    The Dukkha is satisfaction that represents the idea that all humans and animals have to


    There are four noble truths in Buddhism.

    An eight-spoke wheel is the symbol for the eightfold path.

    Offerings in Buddhism are performed quietly in the temple.

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    TEST = Thursday

    Matching Section: Soul, Monotheism, Atheist, Totem Pole, Polytheism, Agnostic, Neanderthal, Religious Pluralism, Reincarnation, Aboriginal, Credo, Faithkeeper, Indigenous Sacred, First Nations, Religious Impulse, Secular,  Humanist, Theology, Shaman, Ritual, Ethics, Sachem, Elder, Wampum, Symbol

    Short Answer section:


    Brother Bear

    What do all Aboriginals have in common?

    Early religions


    Free Will



    Lao Tzu








    and early religions structured note handout with terms from Mar.21st


    guest speaker

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  • Test= Thursday

    -notes on what all religions have in common and aboriginal spirituality

    -OKA crisis

    -theory of the soul




    -name 5 tribes

    -First Nations

    -residential school



    -faith keeper


    -challenges Natives face...

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  • This is where due dates will be posted. By Friday Feb. 23, all due dates should be appearing here though they will be subject to change. 

    Overdue: Term 1 ESSAY (Religious Impulse)

    Feb. 20 text work------------Feb.22

    OKA crisis journal------------Feb.23


    Brother Bear q's-------------Mar.1st

    Anishabe Philosophy--------Mar.2

    Judasim (p.101, Laws of Kashruth)---- Mar. 8 

    Hindu p.61 Paths-----------Mar. 21


    Ba'hi guest speaker q's----Mar.28

    Fidler on the Roof q's-------Mar.29th

    Judaism essay---------------Mar.29

    Ghandi q's------------------April 6

    Family Life test-------------April 9

    Buddhism p.79/5 Precepts--April 13

    Test-------------------------April 23

    Islam (5 Pillars Faith Poster/Iman WANT AD/p.162---May 4th 

    Test-------------------------May 23

    Culminating task----------June 6

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  • Welcome to the 2017-18 Semester II Gr.11 World Religions course with Mr.D'Alessio. This website will be updated soon and is currently "under contruction" as we continue to transition from the old site to the new site. In the meantime, you can e-mail questions to Rob.D' and join the class on the Remind app at code: @fcb8d4 

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