Summary of Lesson Activities:
The learners will act out the story in three scenes, from the points of view of the three women in the story.
- Read the Bible passage.
- Read over the background material included in your teacher packet as you become familiar with the Bible story and the lesson plan.
- Gather the materials.
- The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories
- long blue paper for river
- video camera ready to record (if time permits, the class can videotape their drama and present it during an opening period)
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
1. Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible. Hand out bibles. Tell the children that as we read the story they are to think about how each of the women felt and how they would make the story into a play using three scenes—each told by a different woman from the story. Read the story yourself or let the children read parts of it.
2. Divide the story into 3 parts, focusing on a different character’s point of view in each part:
- The mother: The story of the birth and the child being cared for by his mother. Discuss the problem of the pharaoh’s order as he gets older. Use the point of view of the baby’s mother.
- Miriam: The plan, and the carrying out of the plan, to hide the baby. Use the point of view of Miriam.
- The princess: The princess discovers the baby as Miriam watches; Miriam goes to get the mother; all leave the river. Use the princess’ point of view for the first part, then discuss each of the different points of view for the last part of this scene.
3. Remind the children that when they watch a movie (unless it is a sequel or based on a book they have read) they have little idea about what has happened before the story or about the people in the story unless it is brought out during the story. They need to be sure their story tells why this event happened and something about the people to whom it happened. (The Israelites had been in captivity in Egypt for many, many years. They did all the hard labor for the Pharaoh, and he was afraid a leader would emerge to lead them out of Egypt. Hence the decree that the male sons be drowned.)
4. Have the shepherd or one of the children write down the ideas decided on as the children brainstorm how to present the story as a drama. Remember stage decoration and directions are part of the play.
For the younger children: They may need to act it out and try it out as they are brainstorming. The teacher may need to assign each person a character and let him or her decide where he or she will appear, etc. as they try it out.
Note: Watch your time during this and give more help if they are moving slowly. Leave about five minutes to dress and set up the stage for the drama and the time necessary to act it out.
5. As they are discussing the story ask the following questions to guide them if necessary:
- How are you going to tell what has happened before the birth of Moses?
(They could use a narrator. They could have one of the characters say something. They could have someone telling the story to someone else as a separate scene before the story begins. Or use any other way the children suggest and choose.)
- As each woman in the story is discussed, ask how they think she felt at this time and how they can convey that feeling.
- Remind the children that each of the characters took a big risk in doing what they did.
- Ask, “Where is God during this time?” (God is not mentioned in the story but faith is what got Miriam, her mother, and the princess through this story.)
6. Hopefully, there will be time left for them to act out their play. Have them quickly set the stage, get into costume, and act out the play. If there is time, ask them to do it again and videotape it.
Acting out of the drama can be the closure activity, but a statement needs to be made that God was present and leading the people even though God’s name was not mentioned in the story in the Bible. God worked through these people even though it may not have seemed like it at the time.
Close the class with a prayer of your own, or use the following:
Dear God, thank you for being there for us even when we do not realize you are. Give us strength to have faith in you in difficult times. Amen.
Help the shepherd pass out the journals. Have them respond to the following:
Which woman in the story do you think risked the most? Why?
A lesson written by Jan Marshall from: Brenthaven Church
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