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About The Rotation.org "Writing Team"

WT-Logo1-180In addition to the thousands of publicly available lessons, ideas, and lesson sets contributed by volunteers, for many years we've had a group of writers working together to produce exceptionally creative and details lesson sets. 

We call them "The Writing Team." 

The Team's History and Exciting Future

From 2004 to 2013, a group of volunteer writers here at Rotation.org produced over 250 Rotation-style creative lessons. When those lessons became accessible to only our Supporting Members, the Board decided they needed to be improved. Thus, from 2015-2018, every set was rewritten by a team led by Neil MacQueen, our paid Lead Writer, and a Luanne Payne our volunteer editor-extraordinaire.  Their goal was to achieve a higher standard of creativity and detail, add more age-appropriate adjustments, and incorporate new teaching techniques and tips.  See the Writing Team lesson menu. 

In 2019, we launched The 'New' Writing Team to begin writing new sets with a new training-infused, collaborative, creative process that's led by our Lead Writer, Neil MacQueen. The Team is creating new lesson sets for Bible stories which previous Team's hadn't covered.  Read this post if you're interested in joining the Team.

Access to all the Team's extra-creative lessons, plus all the great ideas in our free public forums are yours for the cost of a Supporting Membership ($45).  Become a Supporting Member now.

Read: An Interview with the Writing Team Renovation Project's Lead Writer 

WT lesson plans are not "quickie story and craft" lessons for little kids.

WT lesson plans feature real art, do-able drama, learning games, use of new media and new techniques, and being choosy about the videos we use. Each set includes lessons that explore new techniques. And each lesson has a level of detail, options, how-to, and "why-to" heretofore unseen in any curriculum.

Each WT lesson set includes 6 to 7 different workshop-style lessons to choose from (art, drama, video, music, games, cooking, computer, etc), plus a teacher-friendly Bible Background and lesson summaries. (The summaries are open to the public.)

WT lessons emphasize creativity and life application. Our theological perspective is mainline, our writers are experienced Christian educators and teachers, and our process is collaborative and peer-reviewed. 

Most WT lessons are designed for 35-45 minute class times, with adaptations for older, younger, shorter, and longer classes.

The WT's target audience is the 2nd-5th grade, and each lesson comes with younger children adaptations. This follows a long-held Rotation point of view that it's easier to adapt a lesson "down" to younger kids than it is to figure out how to take a little kid's lesson and adapt it "up" for older kids.

 Many of the WT's lessons are easily adaptable for younger youth and intergenerational use.

While the lessons are primarily designed for Rotation-style workshop classrooms, those of our members using the traditional model (new story each week) also find our "WT" sets a great source of inspiration.

WT Scope and Sequence

The WT is working through a list of  "major" Bible stories to create its special sets. Eventually, every major story will have a set by the WT, in addition to the PUBLIC lesson ideas and lesson plans others have contributed. 

Want to see what a Writing Team lesson set looks like?

We've given everyone access to all the lessons in the Writing Team's 

Jesus is Born! lesson set

Join the Team!

Read this post below about joining the Team.

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WT-SoarWhat we did to Revise & Rewrite the original WT Lesson

Back in 2015, we decided it was time to take the original volunteer team's work to a new level. 

After hiring a professional Rotation-style lesson writer to work with us, we spent the next three years upgrading or replacing the original team's work. Now a new Team has begun writing new sets again under the auspices of a professional Lead Writer. 

Here's what we did with the original WT sets:

  • Every lesson was either rewritten or replaced using our new higher standard of creativity and teacher-helpful detail.
  • We introduce new resources and new ways to teach in each workshop. 
  • We made sure lessons appeal to our older kids in grades 3-5, with plenty of "age appropriate" adaptations for younger students, and those with shorter class times.
  • We added more instructions, "say this," and explanations for those teachers who need extra description. 
  • We re-wrote all the Bible Backgrounds with classroom-ready, teacher-friendly language and insights. Less "academic," they are more understandable to the average volunteer and more inspirational.
  • We added more "in-lesson" explanations of key points and reasons why we are doing things a certain way.
  • We made sure each lesson follows the set's teaching objectives, and that activities strongly relate to the teaching points and aren't just tangential.
  • We added extra special lessons in each Lesson Set for those who want a "bigger splash."

We certainly appreciate the work of the original team which involved over 25 different writers (not working at the same time). But one of the philosophies of the Rotation Model and strengths of being a web-enabled ministry is that WE CAN and SHOULD CHANGE and IMPROVE. 

Moving forward, the Team process and content will be more closely guided by our Lead Writer whose work is supervised by our all-volunteer Board of Directors. The cost of this Lead Writer's time and talent is one of the expenses our generous Supporting Members make possible.

Read: An Interview with the Writing Team Renovation Project's Lead Writer


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Want to Join the Writing Team?

 Read the following, then email Neil, the Writing Team's Lead Writer.

In brief...

The Rotation.org Writing Team is a guided and collaborative process designed to train and inspire volunteer writers while producing new, extra-creative sets of lessons for our Supporting Members.

Working together, Team members learn from each other and the Lead Writer how to approach teaching a Bible story, come up with creative ideas using a variety of teaching techniques, and turn them into activities and lesson plans.

Throughout the Team process, volunteers are guided by our Lead Writer and have the help and feedback of other Team members, including an Editor and a Resource person.

The Team works together in a private forum online. 

Here are the details...

  • We typically form three Teams a year (Mid-Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Fall) and would be asking you to join one of those Teams. (See the proposed schedule at the end of this post.)
  • Each Team consists of three to four volunteer writers, a Lead Writer, an Editor, and a Team Resource Person. Currently, our Lead Writer is Neil MacQueen.
  • Our Team process provides training, guidance, and support to every volunteer writer at every stage of the lesson development process. 
  • After several weeks of group brainstorming, each volunteer writer is asked to accept a lesson writing assignment. Working with the Lead Writer, each writer turns the Team's brainstorming into a detailed lesson. Each writer is also asked to act as a resource to another writer's lesson --providing feedback and resourcing.
  • Once you've successfully written for the Team, you are invited to join future Teams. You'll also have the opportunity to help with smaller, shorter, and "less-trainy" Writing Team projects scheduled on occasion by our Lead Writer.

We value collaborative brainstorming and writing!

  • Each writer participates in a private online discussion forum where we discuss the Bible Background for the story, share insights and lesson ideas, and provide feedback for each other on our individual lesson plans. 
  • Each writer is responsible for writing one complete lesson plan in the Writing Team style (which we train you in). The lesson plan drafting is done in collaboration with the Lead Writer who will walk you through the process and provide feedback and ideas.
  • Each writer will also be asked to "assist" another writer with their lesson plan. We will encourage you to write your lesson using an activity/medium that you want to explore or learn more about; and then if you are able, assist another writer who's using a teaching medium you are strong in. 

Non-Rotation Model Writers Welcome!

We recognize that not everyone can use the Rotation Model. We also recognize that half of those using our Writing Team lesson sets are in traditional programs. By joining a Writing Team, you will be exposed to some of the Rotation Model's philosophies about lessons, techniques, and lesson set organization.  

The Team Schedule

  1. Each Team signs on for an 8 week period. The first four weeks are the busiest as we post back and forth to each other in our private forums.

  2. The first week in this timeline is "reading" week. We have created a number of documents for you to read. They include "how the Team works" and what you are committing yourself to. A Bible Background for the lesson set will be presented for your feedback and to prime your pondering.  We also have training documents that help you with brainstorming and how to write a lesson in the Team's "workshop style."

  3. The Team process gets started with two weeks of collaborative brainstorming. This is an almost daily back-and-forth between all Team members. This process is guided by the Lead Writer and culminates in writing assignments.

  4. Next, you'll have up to three weeks to write your lesson plan. You'll work closely with the Lead Writer and have the services of our Resource Person to help you think through activities and supplies. You'll post a draft for other members of the Team to comment on.

  5. After everyone's final lesson drafts are posted, they go through a two-week editing process before going *Live* at our site.

Required Experience:

No prior Rotation or lesson writing experience is required.  We believe that some of the best writers just haven't had the opportunity or training to become one yet. We also believe that academic or staff experience is not always the best indicator of who can write creative lessons or work in a collaborative environment.

Here's what we DO require:

  • Sunday School teaching experience
  • Can write coherent sentences
  • Can think creatively and are open to new ideas
  • Aren't offended when someone has a different idea than yours
  • Can work well with others online in a timely manner
  • Have been a registered or supporting member of Rotation.org for more than a year

"Timely participation" is important.

During the first two "brainstorming weeks," you will need to check the Team's private brainstorming forum every day or two and share and respond to ideas. Those who can't (or don't) participate in Team brainstorming may be dropped or asked to sign up for a future team when they have more time available. 

Ready to join a Team or want to know more?

Email Neil MacQueen at webmaster.rotation@gmail.com.


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