A Simple Way to Pray—Unit 5

Grade 5—Unit 5

Tools:
Tools to create graphics or infographics: (Keynote, Snapseed, Skitch, Canva, infogr.am)

Reference Material:
A Simple Way to Pray

Objectives:

  • Know that God forgives our weaknesses; He does not set legalistic restrictions on our prayers but invites us to pray according to His will and in the name of Jesus.
  • Avail ourselves frequently of the blessings of prayer.

Duration of Project:
This project can be something that you challenge your students to do every day during Unit 5. You could spend one day doing a lesson about ITCP and then another day setting up your expectation of students creating something daily to coincide with each lesson. If you choose to use this as a one-time project, expect to spend one day going over A Simple Way to Pray, and then two days for students to complete their projects.

Activity:
A Simple Way to Pray  is a masterful work written by Martin Luther and translated by LCMS President Matthew Harrison. It teaches us a wonderful pattern of prayer: ITCP.

  • I—Instruction
  • T—Thanksgiving
  • C—Confession
  • P—Prayer

You will spend a majority of Unit 5 teaching your students about prayer. Either at the end of the unit, or dispersed throughout the unit, incorporate teaching from A Simple Way to Pray to reinforce the importance of including instruction, thanksgiving, and confession in prayer life.

Because A Simple Way to Pray has a section on both the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments, I recommend using the instruction from the Lord’s Prayer in conjunction with the lessons on each petition.

After or during the delivery of the lessons, have students create some sort of graphic to share on social media that mimics (represents) the ITCP type of prayer. This can be an infographic, a single image, a slide, or another graphic. The important thing for them to convey is that they understand ITCP.

Critical Teaching Moment:
Be intentional with your students in the writing of this prayer so they can show you their level of understanding of each part of ITCP. The important part of this activity is not so much the end result but the process. Students being able to articulate to you what Instruction, Thanksgiving, Confession, and Prayer mean far outweighs how pretty their graphic is. Be sure to keep this in mind as you deliver this activity and as you spend time with students in groups or one-on-one.

Differentiation:
It may be of benefit to all students that you break up ITCP into five mini-lessons. One for each part, with the creation of the graphic as the final piece. A great way to allow students to move at the pace that is appropriate for them is to do a quick check for understanding at the end of each section. You could create a short three- to four-question assessment that students must pass in order to move onto the next section. In this sense, you are gamifying the unit.

As an example, you could create a digital badge for each step of ITCP. The end goal is for the students to get to the point where they can create their graphic for social media. In order to be able to do that, they must “unlock” each level. Once they have earned all four badges of ITCP, then they can begin work on their final badge, which can only be earned by the teacher approving their graphic.