On This Rock—Unit 6

Grade 6—Unit 6

Tools:
KidBlog, Blogger, Discussion Board in your LMS

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

Objectives:

  • Firmly tell what we know is true, confessing our faith in the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • Boldly declare our trust in Jesus’ promise of forgiveness, life, and salvation to all who believe in Him

Duration of Project:
This project should span three to four days, depending on how much feedback students are giving each other.

Activity:
In the previous project, you created a video describing Baptism from both the Sacrament of Holy Baptism in Luther’s Small Catechism and from the Rite of Holy Baptism in the Lutheran Service Book.

In this project, you will defend the Lutheran belief of what Baptism does in our life. Go through Lesson 64 with the students. Be sure to point out that Peter’s confession is speaking for all Christians, not just himself. Discuss what Jesus means by “on this rock”—this confession.

Have students respond to the following question in a blog post and discuss this: In Mark 16:16, it states, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” How does this “belief” tie into the confession Peter made to Jesus?

It is important that you are an active participant in this discussion!

Digital Citizenship Connection:
As students are writing their blog posts, encourage them to read and comment on other classmates’ posts. This is the perfect opportunity at the beginning of the year to set the standard in your classroom for how online communication is expected. Here are some tips for you to use in your expectations:

  • Students write in full sentences.
  • Students need to respond to at least two different classmates’ posts.
  • Students should keep comments positive and uplifting.
  • When students find something they disagree with, they should pose that disagreement as a question rather than as a direct statement.

Differentiation:
This is a good practice regardless of students’ cognitive ability level, but especially important as it pertains to students who struggle with concepts and comprehension. Have students write a proposal for what they are going to create, and don’t allow them to start until you have approved their proposal. This will allow you to have constant feedback with your students and make sure they understand and comprehend what is being taught prior to them creating.

An additional element you could consider is doing some formative assessment prior to allowing students to write their blog post. Until your students have a base understanding of what you want them to write about, don’t allow them to start, and supply the supplemental learning that they need to get to where you want them to be.