(The following guide is specifically used for 6th – 12th grade, when researching a Bible topic. Remove everything in parenthesis () and leave the embolded text intact as you write your lesson plan. Teachers refer to this model as a “Direct Instruction” lesson plan)
Title: (the title should mention specifics and sub-category of subject)
Subject: Topical Studies: (Bible topic)
Grade Level: (6th – 12th grade)
Brief Description: (one sentence)
Goals/Objectives: (List at least two of these, state what the students will know, not what you hope for. This is merely a technicality for writing a correct objective. Some of the people who download lesson plans from our file are actual parochial school teachers and they will be looking for these kinds of written goals and objectives. A goal is broad information. An objective is full of detailed information.)
Resources: (This is where you give credit to the author of materials and ideas used in your lesson plan. You should also mention the facility or equipment needed for the benefit of those responsible for arranging rooms.)
Supplies Per Student: (It is important to list the supplies per student only because every teacher has different requirements and methods for organizing supplies. Don’t try to estimate the size of the classroom or number of children you think the teachers will have, just let the teacher using your lesson do this according to his or her own environment.)
The Main Activity: (In this format the main activity is likely to be about Topical Studies in the Bible.)
Demonstrate the Research Activity In Five Steps:
- Talk about the goals that you have in mind with your students. Make these simple and attainable for the time you have to share with them.
- Demonstrate how to read and look up a scripture verse in a Bible.
- Tell the students that they will first be given the scripture, then, they will look it up , write down their answer and read it out loud in either a larger group , a small group or in pairs. The number of students that are in attendance on a given Sunday or Saturday may directly influence the choices the teacher makes in terms of dividing up students into smaller groups.
- Assess to ensure that the students are performing the activity successfully with an example question before giving the larger set of questions.
- After ascertaining the student’s ability to successfully accomplish this simple research, the teacher may then give his or her students the complete listing of questions and scripture references needed to research the topic from their Bible texts.
Question: (This is the question the teacher asks the students to answer after looking up the scriptural reference.)
Look It Up: (List the verse(s). Each student should have a Bible of their own, preferably one with easy to read text. Students are asked to look up the answers in their bibles for every question asked. This process will teach them self-sufficiency and confidence. They will also learn a behavior that develops interest and dependence upon God’s word.)
Answers: (A quick reference for the teacher to refer to as the discussion progresses.)
Debrief: Pose questions contextualizing the topic as it relates to current events. (list below three or four)
Memory Work: (two verses relating to the topic)
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