More Than Water—Unit 5

Grade 6—Unit 5

Tools:
iMovie, WeVideo, Windows Movie Maker

Reference Material:
Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation, Lutheran Service Book, The Lutheran Study Bible, Faith Alive Bible

Objectives:

  • Rejoice that Jesus is true God and we are baptized in His name, with the Father and the Spirit—one in the Trinity.
  • Acknowledge that we are sinners and that Jesus promises to wash our sins away in Baptism, one of the ways—a special way, a sacramental way—that He offers the gift of forgiveness.

Duration of Project:
Depending on your students’ familiarity with video editing and script writing, this project could take one to two weeks. The time they spend learning about Baptism will be well worth the time investment!

Activity:
In this unit, your class will spend a lesson learning about the Baptism of our Savior!

This project will take some time and is a perfect opportunity to bring in the pastor of your parish to speak with the students about Baptism.

Place students in groups of two to four. Each pair or group will be creating two videos. One video will go through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism in the Small Catechism and the other will go through the Rite of Holy Baptism on page 268 of the Lutheran Service Book. Have students create a video that explains each part of these texts in their own words. Be sure to go over using public domain or Creative Commons imagery in their video.

Highlight this with some lessons on what we confess and what happens during the rite.

Videos from the pairs of the groups should be made in the same style and should complement one another.

Critical Teaching Moment:
When you do your first video project with students, they will be mainly interested in how creative they can be with the video, and the content will suffer. If you put too many restrictions on kids, their creativity will suffer and though content will be done well, students will not exhibit the same type of passion that you are looking for.

To combat this, have students create a storyboard that requires your approval before they are allowed to start filming their video essays. By having students map out what they are doing, it will make sure both content and creativity are given bearing in their video.

Differentiation:
The most important piece of this entire process will be the students writing a script and a storyboard before you allow them to film. Identify students who are going to need help with the writing and scripting of the film through their rough drafts and spend time one-on-one with those groups as they develop their scripts.