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a place at the table
A Place at the Table

This is a reusable learning object that has been created to teach students about the 2012 recommitment by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to address poverty concerns based on our call to action in the name of social justice.

There are three assignments to complete and a final presentation based on the bishops’ call to action.

To navigate this RLO you will need to reach the appropriate slide by following directions on the slide or by clicking on any underlined term. The bread and wine icon found on the bottom right of each page will return you to the previous slide.

Begin here to learn about the bishops’ letter on poverty and the equitable distribution of the resources God has provided.

Selected References & Learning Objectives

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Learn about the USCCB

Find out about your project based on the letter

A Place at the Table

A Catholic Recommitment to Overcome Poverty and to Respect the Dignity of All God’s Children

Read the letter

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a place at the table project
A Place at the Table Project

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Examples of Videos from the USCCB addressing poverty in America

Understanding the document:

Why a table?

Why is it our mission?

Project Directions:

A Response to the Bishops’ pastoral letter on poverty and justice.

Click icon to return to last page


Stories about the Church’s mission to end poverty

The Story of Mary

Tour Poverty USA

The Poverty Line

a table
A Table
  • A table is where people come together for food. For many, there is not enough food and, in some cases, no table at all.
  • A table is where people meet to make decisions—in neighborhoods, nations, and the global community. Many people have no place at the table. Their voices and needs are ignored or dismissed.

-A Place at the Table (USCCB, 2012)

a mission
A Mission
  • Our faith calls us to it.
  • Our nation needs it.
  • Our world requires it.
  • Our salvation demands it.
  • Our actions can make a difference.

-A Place at the Table (USCCB, 2012)

u s conference of catholic bishops
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • About the USCCB
  • The Mission of the USCCB
what is the usccb
What is the USCCB?
  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose.

-from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website

project directions
Project Directions

Your group is part of a special task force that has been been put together by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Mission Program. You have been asked to help them to decide how to direct resources to those in need.

Project Objective:

Your goal is to identify a domestic or global area of concern, and to create a 1 to 2 minute advertisement to convince the mission program to provide resources for that particular area and provide ways that we can help to address the problem.

Project Rubric

domestic poverty
Domestic Poverty



U.S. anti-poverty organizations:http://results.techriver.net/website/article.asp?id=1166

Directions for 1-minute advertisement

global poverty
Global Poverty



International anti-poverty organizations:http://results.techriver.net/website/article.asp?id=1165

Directions for 1-minute advertisement


Your group will choose a particular area on which to focus. Use information from the websites to help you to create your 1 to 2-minute presentation with iMovie or PowerPoint. Please use charts and statistics to support your choice.

The presentation will be divided into three parts:

*What’s what? & Say what? Providefactual information and a glossary of at least 5 words based on associated vocabulary

*So what? Why is this so important in light of the pastoral letter? What are the connections to the bishops’ letter?

*Now what? Identify ways to address the problem or create solutions.

There are three roles for members of your groups and one member of your group must be designated for each of the roles, but all members work together on research.

project roles
Project Roles

Information Expertis in charge of organizing the collected information for use in the presentation. Must include citations (use EasyBib).

Project Designeris in charge of designing the iMovie or PowerPoint presentation. Must include a storyboard!

Producerhas responsibility for final presentation. Collects project plan and reflections. Responsible for turning in all data, zipping file and putting it in group shared folder.

All members of the group are responsible for the research and technical aspectsof the production.

assignments to complete
Assignments to complete:
  • Assignment #1 – Understanding the document
  • Assignment #2 – Using the websites
  • Assignment #3 – Facts, Ideas, and Actions
learning objectives
Learning Objectives

Students will be able to analyze and make inferences about the content of a pastoral letter. (Religion standards: 8.03.07, 8.03.08, 8.03.10, 8.03.13)

Students will be able to apply an understanding of Catholic Social Teaching to identify solutions to issues of poverty and inequity. (Religion standards: 8.03.14, 8.03.20, 8.03.21)

Students will be able to construct knowledge about poverty and solutions using technology. (NETS*S standards: 1a, 1b, 1c)

Students will be able to work collaboratively to communicate ideas and information about issues of poverty. (NETS*S standards: 2a, 2d)

Students will be able to plan, conduct research and develop solutions using digital tools and resources to issues of poverty. (NETS*S standards: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d)

Students will be able to identify, evaluate and present data to support an opinion about poverty concerns and solutions. (NETS*S standards: 4a, 4b, 4c)

  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (2012). Available at: http://www.usccb.org/about
  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (2002). A Place at the Table:A Catholic Recommitment to Overcome Poverty and Respect the Dignity of Human Life. Available at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/poverty/place-at-the-table.cfm
  • The Archdiocese of Chicago Religion Curriculum. Available at: http://schools.archchicago.org/Academics/Curriculum/Religion/
  • International Society for Technology in Education: ISTE-NETS standards. Available at: http://www.iste.org/STANDARDS