The Story of Salvation—Unit 4

Grade 5—Unit 4

Tools:
Student Choice

Reference Material:
The Lutheran Study Bible; Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation

Objectives:

  • Acknowledge that we are too weak and sinful to ever do enough good to save ourselves.
  • Rejoice that Jesus is truly God and chooses to use His power to do what we cannot.
  • Dedicate our lives to the one who rescued our lives.

Duration of Project:
This project could take many forms and different amounts of time. For example, you could do the project as a one-day introduction to the unit, using it as a pre-assessment of students’ knowledge about salvation. Then, at the end of the unit, do the project again and have students compare and contrast the two products that they made with the knowledge that they gained while studying the unit. You could also administer this project only at the end of the unit and give students three to four days to complete it.

Activity:
In the front of The Lutheran Study Bible is a gifting page. Right above the spot where you would put the owner’s name of the Bible, you see this statement:

The story of the salvation of

Put the following task in front of your students: “Tell the story of your salvation.” That’s it; nothing more, nothing less. Well, there is a lot more to it, but that should be the task. Allow students to chose what type of technology (or no technology) they want to use to tell their story. They could make a video, a presentation, a series of social media posts, a blog post, or some other such project. The main point is to allow students to express their knowledge that Jesus paid the ultimate price on the cross and rose again for their salvation.

Some guiding points of reference will be found in the Second Article of the Creed. (Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation contains not only a detailed explanation of this but also helpful proof texts from Scripture.) This project allows students to connect what Christ did on the cross with the Means of Grace that He has chosen to bestow those benefits upon us.

Some guiding questions:

  • Why do we need salvation?
  • How did salvation come to be?
  • Who did the work?
  • When was I marked as one redeemed?

Critical Teaching Moment:
Any time that you offer students an open-ended project, it is critical that you weave checkpoints into the entire process. Have students write a proposal before starting the project, and then write their script or idea. Before they can even begin creating anything on the technology side, they must have their proposal and script/idea approved. This will help guide the content as the most important part of the process without stifling creativity.

Differentiation:
For your students who will struggle with the open nature of this, feel free to define their projects. Give them intentional ideas that point to their strengths.

For your students who will not struggle with this project, continually challenge them to go deeper into the project. Do not approve their proposal until they bring you something that is set to your satisfaction for their ability.