It’s All about Jesus—Unit 3

2Grade 8—Unit 3

Tools:
iMovie, WeVideo, Windows Movie Maker

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

Objectives:

  • Acknowledge God as the giver of all good things, especially the gifts of forgiveness, life, and eternal salvation, which are ours in Christ.
  • Thank and praise God for the victories Jesus has won for us.

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

Activity:
In a post-modern society where it is acceptable to believe that “there is no truth,” it will be important for you to continue to stress to your students what the truth is, and that is the victory Christ won for us on the Cross!

There are so many times you, or your students, log in to social media and see a post that makes it seem as if Jesus will give us all the things we want if we just believe more.

But we know that what Christ has given us is life eternal with Him. In this project, students will create a video that proclaims that victory Christ won for us. Since this unit falls sometime around Thanksgiving, you can pose the question, “What are you thankful for?”

Direct students to discuss all the things they are thankful for, but end the video with their thankfulness for Christ crucified and how He won our salvation without our doing anything. Have them retell what that means to them. (As most of your students will be going through confirmation at this time, it is a great time to remind them to reference what they have learned in Luther’s Small Catechism.)

Critical Teaching Moment:
If students are creating their film from scratch (i.e., not narrating a PowerPoint), then you will want to make sure that they have done a quick storyboard of what they are filming. For instance, they will want to decide what angles to film from. It will be important that they think about the best way to show each skill. They may have to move the camera and clean up the video in their editing program.

Differentiation:
It will be important in this project to really make sure students understand that Christ’s death and resurrection is what we should be most thankful for! It is the Gospel. It is where we find our assurance and comfort!

This will present a great opportunity to check your students’ understanding of the Second Article of the Creed. Have them write it down from memory and administer a quick assessment on what it means to the student.

Encourage students to work with one another. Have them seek out feedback from other students on areas that they do not feel confident in.

For students who need a review or haven’t yet learned the material, have a small-group session over the Second Article of the Creed while the other students work on creating their storyboards. You can do this as a whole group if you feel necessary. It is never a bad idea to review the catechism!

Encourage students who may struggle with technology to film from one angle. When you encourage this, you will have to work with the student on what will make the best position for their video.

For students who already understand the Second Article of the Creed, challenge them with their video. When they bring their storyboard to you, make sure they are challenging themselves enough in the project before you let them begin.