Pray Now—Unit 5

Grade 7—Unit 5

Tools:
Tools to create graphics or infographics (such as Keynote, Snapseed, Skitch, or Canva)

Reference Material:
Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation, A Simple Way to Pray

Objectives:

  • Acknowledge that too often “going to God in prayer” is a last resort instead of a first choice.
  • Avail ourselves frequently of the blessings of prayer.

Duration of Project:
This project will take a part of your class time for five to six days.

Activity:
In fifth-grade classrooms, students are engaging in a similar project with fewer expectations. For seventh-grade students, you will review (or learn for the first time if your school hasn’t done this before) A Simple Way to Pray. Covering ITCP will be important. Here are the instructions given to the fifth-grade teacher for this unit.

A Simple Way to Pray is a masterful piece of work Martin Luther wrote that President Harrison translated. It teaches us a wonderful pattern of prayer: ITCP.

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

In Unit 5, you will spend a majority of the unit 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 your 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 a prayer and some sort of graphic to share on social media that follows the ITCP style of prayer. This can be an infographic, a single image, a slide, or the like. The important piece to convey is that they understand ITCP.

As a support to the fifth-grade students, and to reinforce the importance of prayer in your students’ life, you will have them complete the same project, but you will have them complete this project once a day for five days. Students will then share their graphics with the fifth-grade class for inspiration.

While this seems like a bit of work, it will teach students great things in finding instruction for their prayers (biblical literacy), giving thanks daily, confessing how we have fallen woefully short of God’s expectations, and coming to the Lord in prayer.

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. The students’ ability to articulate what Instruction, Thanksgiving, Confession, and Prayer mean is far more important than how pretty their graphic is. Be sure to keep this in mind as you deliver this activity and spend time with students one-on-one or in groups.

Differentiation:
This project could be split up over a two-week period or even become a collaboration with your art teacher.

To start, if you feel your class as a whole will struggle with the speed of this project, spend a few days completing it together as a class. Do one class prayer together for a few days. Go through both writing the prayer and designing the graphic.

For your students who may need more time writing their prayer, give them fewer prayers to write. Have them write a prayer one day, then create the graphic the second day. This will allow them the time to create their prayer with your help, if needed.

For another option, you could spend time with students having them write their prayers in class, and then collaborate with the art teacher for them to work on their graphic in the art class. This could allow your art teacher to help influence the design and layout of the graphics for a great artistic feel.