I, a Poor Miserable Sinner—Unit 4

Grade 8—Unit 4

Tools:
Infographic tools, such as Easel.ly and Infogr.am

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

Objectives:

  • Express trust in God to work through the results of sin to bring sinners to repentance and to demonstrate His faithfulness to those who love and trust in Him.
  • Demonstrate reliance on God’s promises in Christ to forgive, empower, and give eternal life to His people.

Duration of Project:
This project will take one to two weeks.

Activity:
In Unit 4, we are constantly reminded of our need for forgiveness. Of the Six Chief Parts of the Catechism, the one that may get lost from time to time is Confession. As Lutherans, we start every Divine Service with Confession and Absolution.

Work with your pastor to come in and lead a lesson on the importance of Confession and Absolution, going over both Corporate and Individual Confession in LSB (or as it was originally written in the Small Catechism).

After your mini-lesson(s), have students create an infographic describing the Office of the Keys and what happens during Confession and Absolution in two paths—corporate and individual.

Students’ infographics should describe each act in order. Consider sharing your students’ creations with the congregation as a great reminder of our beautiful faith.

Critical Teaching Moment:
Your students may never have created an infographic before. Be sure to give them lots of examples of what infographics are and how they are used. Both tools listed above have a wealth of examples for you to share with students so they can get some great ideas.

One good step to help students produce a quality project is to have them draw a rough draft of their infographic before you allow them to actually create it. This will allow you to control the content that they are putting into their project and make sure that they first understand what has been taught.

Differentiation:
Because both of these acts happen in a very linear fashion, students who struggle with linear thought may need to have some support during both the lesson and the creation of their project. Be sure to spend extra time going through the material with these students until you are comfortable with their level of understanding.

Consider pairing students who struggle with linear thought with students who understand it well. If you are intentional with your partnerships, students will be able to benefit from each other’s areas of expertise.

Confession and Absolution can be a hard concept for some students to grasp. Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation does a phenomenal job of explaining most questions that students will bring to you. Be sure to spend time in your lesson(s) covering these questions and answers, which start on page 217.