Grade 8—Unit 8
Presentation programs, such as Keynote, PowerPoint, Google Slides, and the like
- Explain that in the Lord’s Supper, Jesus gives the gift of Himself.
- Anticipate receiving the Lord’s Supper in faith.
- Thank and praise God for the gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation that God offers to all through the Means of Grace.
Duration of Project:
This project will take one to two weeks.
Give students Article 7 of the Epitome of the Formula of Concord, either in a digital format that they can highlight or as a printout to mark (from bookofconcord.org).
Read through Article 7 with the students. Some of this writing will be above their grade level, so be prepared to explain the history of the article and what the theses mean. As you read through it, have students highlight difficult words or phrases that they should ask questions about.
After reading and reviewing the difficult words and concepts with students, have a brainstorming session. Have students brainstorm what they know other churches confess about the Lord’s Supper that would show up on the list of Negative Theses.
After you have gone through the entire process, have students create their own set of theses around Article 7, five affirmative and five negative. These theses should be in their own language but in the same format as those in the Epitome. Then each student will create a presentation featuring a slide for every thesis that they’ve created. Once students are done, have them present their projects to the class.
Digital Citizenship Connection:
As students are creating their slides, they will probably include some digital imagery. Introduce your students to Creative Commons and the purpose of different types of copyright licenses. After your mini-lesson on Creative Commons, have students use the Google advanced image search to limit their results to images licensed under CC.
This project could be one of the most challenging of the year. You need to make sure that you take care of your struggling readers. This would be a fantastic project to involve other leaders, such as your pastor, a principal, an elder, or anyone who volunteers or works in your church who has a solid background in the doctrine of our church. By doing that, you could split your class up into ability-level groups and present the content in an appropriate way to each group with individualized attention.
For students who feel confident with their content and project, consider having them animate and make a voice-over for their presentation with a tool like Explain Everything.