Here is the 3rd lesson to teach your students scripture study skills. CLICK HERE for the lesson outline and, CLICK HERE for the two graphics. The second graphic is great for teaching students the difference between a principle and doctrine, and help for structuring a principle. The lesson uses Philippians 1-4, but you can use it with many places in the scriptures where you find lots of principles.
A few of you were wondering if I had any glue-ins for Paul’s letters. Here is something that might be better. In seminary we want to get the students in the habit of writing notes and annotations in their own scriptures. So here is an assignment that gets them to do that. Print out a handout for each pair of students and have them write the brief annotation at the top of the beginning of each epistle of Paul in their scriptures. It might be easiest to do this all at once for Paul's 14 books.
Click on the picture to get the worksheet. It helps students think about the kind of person they need to be. I think it is also VERY important to share that those who receive Celestial glory are not perfect people, but made perfect through Christ (D&C 76:69); and that they are valiant and always striving and trying to follow the Lord (D&C 76:79).
The worksheet is one I got from Art Mechem years ago. Thanks Art!
For the rest of the year, from Acts 9 on, you will be learning a lot about the life and writing of the Apostle Paul. He wrote more than half of the books of the New Testament (14) and he will be the main guy for about 10 weeks in the curriculum.
Click on the image for a glue-in that briefly describes Paul, and outlines who he was.
In the Book of Acts (chapters 13-28) we are given details of Paul’s life that give more understanding to his later epistles. Click on the image to get small summaries of Paul’s many journeys and their significance. What I would do is print out a page for each student. Then have them cut out each journey and use it as a glue-in for that page in the scriptures. Have them glue it in where it is referenced on the journey’s description, in the book of Acts. If you are not sure what a glue-in is, or how to use it, go to http://www.johnbushman.com/4/post/2012/07/four-gospels-glue-in.html for an explanation.
As you learn about Paul’s different journeys, also refer to map #13 at the back of their Bibles. It is very well done.
Many Christians look to the Book of Acts as a pattern to try to figure out what Christ's church should look like on the earth today. Click on the image to download the worksheet. With this worksheet, break your class into pairs and have them look for elements of Christ’s true church. After they share what they found, ask questions like, “Is that true in the church today? Is it true in many other churches today?” Testify that our church is Christ’s church restored to the earth. Also share the great quote from President Lee about apostles today.
Two things this week. First is something I tried to live by when I taught seminary. It is that every page that you take significant time in class to study, deserves a Margin Marker. That is simply some annotation in the margin that says what the lesson is in the verses. Usually just a few words can do the trick. As I have looked over the scriptures I have used, I have found that the little notes mean most to me. So there’s a challenge to you to have your students write something significant in the margin of each page they study. CLICK HERE to download the image of “Margin Marker”.
The other page is a simple worksheet to help you teach John 8. It also uses “Margin Markers” so you might need to explain that first to your class. CLICK HERE to download the worksheet.
I know you teachers are all spread throughout the Gospels. But this is a simple worksheet to help you class learn, or review, some of the main groups and terms used in the New Testament. I like to have them do it in pairs and a treat for the pair who does it first correctly. Then go over it as a class and discuss.
Here are some lesson ideas for Luke 10-15. There are all combined on a single document that downloads when you click on the graphic. The first is a handout and poem that goes with Luke 10:38-42 about when Jesus visits the house of Mary and Martha. Make sure you also teach the principle about our priorities in life and choosing between “Good, Better, and Best”.
Next on the document are helps for teaching Luke 15 and the parables of the Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, and Lost Son. There is a fun adaptation of the Prodigal Son, and also a worksheet with Luke 15.
I wanted to send this next post out now because I will be too busy next week to get it done. Many of you asked if there was a story timeline for the New Testament like I shared for the Old Testament. Well here it is (click on the image). Thank you Marilu Coster for cleaning up the graphics, coloring… and sharing this with me. As I understand it, Richard Deland created it originally.
Notice it is in color and black & white. It is a good timeline to help the class see where they are in the storyline of Jesus’ life at any particular point. It could also be a good to help with a review or overview as you have them identify the different events in the Savior’s life. The third page is the key to help you know what some of the symbols represent. The last pages are bookmarks or smaller handouts for the class.