Each four-step lesson plan starts with a Lesson Focus that is applied in each step. An easy-to-follow guide takes you step-by-step through the lesson. In Step 1 students are motivated to learn by doing an activity that connects their needs or feelings with the Lesson Focus. Activities might include a skit, a game, a video clip, a poster, an opening story, or a brainstorming activity.
Step 2 presents your students with new information by studying Scriptures and asking thought-provoking abstract questions based upon what they have read. Bible studies might be presented as a lecture, a drama, a video, a Scripture reading, or an in-depth Bible study. The Teacher's Guide gives the opportunity to check students' understanding of the lesson before proceeding to Step 3. You may ask students to paraphrase the Bible passage; ask students to compare the passage with others in the Bible or ask questions about the material like: What would be a good title for this Bible passage? How would the events in the passage have changed if . . . ? How are characters in the passage the same? How are they different?
In Step 3 students practice what they have learned by choosing an activity that reinforces the lesson. Students can select one of three activities that best corresponds to their particular learning style.
Step 4 encourages students to use what they have learned by applying it to their lives using a two-step process. First, students plan how they will use the new information and second, they implement their plans when they leave the classroom. The teacher is reminded at the beginning of each lesson to follow-up with students' progress during the previous week.
The Episcopal/Anglican supplement Passing the Torch (found in the center of the Teacher Guide) provides tools for leader growth, family growth, and student growth in the Anglican tradition. Anglican Angle and Coming Up on the Church Calendar give leaders ways to explore their Anglican heritage. Reproducible Parent Page sheets help leaders minister to families. Easy-to-use reproducible student papers from The Torch and hands-on activities from Let's Get Practical help youth learn what it means to be Anglican in meaningful ways.
Passing the Torch emphasizes the quarterly Anglican Theme, highlights certain key liturgical events, features short biographies of Christian heroes in the Anglican tradition, and introduces Anglicans and Episcopalians in missions and ministry today. The materials are designed to help youth explore their Anglican heritage as serious disciples of Jesus, including study of the Scriptures and examining the Prayer Book.