Sing a Song to the Lord—Unit 4

Grade 7—Unit 4

Tools:
KidBlog, Blogger, Discussion Board in your LMS

Reference Material:
Lutheran Service Book 332, “Savior of the Nations, Come”; Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation

Objectives:

  • 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.
  • Express gratitude that, though true God, Jesus took on humanity and overcame sin, death, and Satan in order to redeem and save us.

Duration of Project:
Depending on how much you collaborate with your music teacher, this project could take one to three weeks. It all will depend on that timing.

Activity:
Unit 4 is all about Jesus. Well, every unit is all about Jesus, but Unit 4 is especially all about Jesus!

This unit, we will work on hymn writing. The first two stanzas of “Savior of the Nations, Come” (LSB 332) are public domain. Write an additional stanza in a shared document. Select the best two, invite your church musician to play for the class, and record a video of the hymn with the two new stanzas (four stanzas total).

The first two stanzas speak immediately to Jesus’ humanity. Continue to close the hymn off with stanzas speaking of His divine nature and salvific work we find in the cross and in the resurrection.

Critical Teaching Moment:
This hymn is written in a way that has twenty-eight syllables a stanza with four lines. This is called a 77 77 meter. Be sure to talk to your students about the importance of this as they write their stanzas. This will make their stanzas match the meter so the class can sing them to the same tune.

Differentiation:
This unit will give you the ability not only to refine your lesson for students who need some additional attention on writing skills, but also to extend the lesson for students who excel in poetry and music.

Beyond the importance of writing in this project will be students’ understanding of the Second Article of the Creed. It will be important that you spend the bulk of your time in this unit getting your students to understand the Second Article of the Creed.

Once you have done the appropriate assessments to validate students’ understanding of the Creed, then have students begin working on the writing aspect of this project. Take the time to collaborate with a church musician on a mini-lesson on hymns and hymn writing.

For students who need a little extra help, consider giving them a slight framework for each stanza. Consider having stanza 3 be focused on the cross and stanza 4 on the resurrection.

For students who need the activity extended, consider adding some requirements and stanzas. For instance, simply by adding stanzas and some additional parameters—such as a teaching of Christ as stanza 3, the institution of the Lord’s Supper in stanza 4, the cross in stanza 5, and the resurrection in stanza 6—your students will be able to connect more information into the hymn itself.