Six Days—Unit 3

Grade 7—Unit 3

Tools:
KidBlog, Blogger, Discussion Board in your LMS

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

Objectives:

  • Recognize that God, who created the world, has also sent His Son to save the world.
  • Honor God by caring well for the people and resources in His world.

Duration of Project:
This project can take anywhere from one to two weeks, depending on how engaged you are with your class in feedback loops.

Activity:
In lesson 29, students will learn (or hopefully reinforce prior knowledge) about the six-day creation. In this project, you will have students write a blog post describing the six-day creation in their own words and why we believe this to be true.

A great resource for this project will be Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation. Especially focus on the First Article of the Creed, and then reference the explanation questions in the back of the book.

As students get closer to high school and college, it is important that we develop their ability to present an excellent apologetic for what they believe. Feel free to invite your pastor or any other expert (it could be you!) in apologetics in to help students begin to develop this skill.

Digital Citizenship Connection:
As students are writing their blog posts, encourage them to read and comment on other classmates’ posts. 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 a disagreement, they should pose that disagreement as a question rather than a direct statement.

Differentiation:
As with any writing project, you will want to scaffold your instruction with your students. Be sure to identify students who will struggle with developing a main idea and topics to discuss. Consider having a very defined script for these students to follow so they find it possible to construct their ideas.

For students who excel at this topic and will have little problem writing their blog post, consider setting up a mock debate between these students and some of your church members who can defend theistic evolution and evolutionary theory (even though they don’t believe it). This will provide your students with an arena to safely practice their apologetic with others in a protected environment.