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Video Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Watch the movie "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with questions/discussion. 

Lesson Objective(s):
In this workshop, the learners will finish watching the video of Joseph’s story. 

Leader Preparation:

  • Watch the video ahead of time.
  • Become familiar with the story.
  • Gather the materials.
  • Have the video ready to go when the children arrive.
  • Pop the popcorn

Supplies List:

  • “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” video from Universal
  • Book:  "The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories".
  • Popcorn


Opening-Welcome and introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Remember that you are interacting with a different group of students each week—some may not know you. 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection: 

Lesson Plan:

Prior to showing the video, share key concepts and ideas. Write out on the board several questions the children will be asked to answer at the end of the video.

Explain that they are going to see a musical about the Bible story.

  1. The part of the video to be watched takes about 45 minutes. Start the video where Joseph is in the cage. There are white and black circles on the floor and he begins singing. As they are watching asks how he feels? Accept any answer but lead them to understanding he feels he is not important and due to the fact that he is an Israelite, he knows he is not alone. He (as an Israelite) has been promised a land of his own.
  2. When the baker and the butler come in tell them to watch for the humor and ask if Joseph still seems to feel superior. Point out the go-go music, psychedelic lights, and hippie dress, the music of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s; Elvis-like King (Pharaoh), tennis shoes. Remind them that these are the way the writer tries to show that the story is relevant in modern times.
  3. Because of time, fast forward after he puts the crown on Joseph until the brothers decide to go to Egypt. Tell them that during this time Egypt fared well in spite of the famine.
  4. Start again when the brothers are marching to Egypt.
  5. Fast forward through the celebrating when they tell the father Joseph is alive until Joseph meets his father.

There probably won’t be time for closure, but if there is you can ask: We see that God was with Joseph through his life. How did a bad thing turn out good?

Journal Time:
There won’t be time for journal writing.

Say a prayer of your own to close the workshop, or use the following:
Loving God, thank you for your faithfulness and for showing it in the story of Joseph. Amen.

A lesson written by Jan Marshall from:  Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian
Brentwood, TN 

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