(WT) Paul and the Bright Light - Lesson Set Summary

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Paul and the Bright Light

Summary of the Lesson Set

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Acts 9:1-22, the story of Saul's life-changing encounter with Christ on the Road to Damascus and a street called "Straight."

Rotation Objectives

Read the Lesson Objectives and Bible Background for this set.


Summary of Lessons and Resources

Bible Background and Lesson Objectives

In addition to listing the teaching objectives for this set, this Bible background inspires you with insights into the meaning of Saul's encounter with Christ for our students today. It also contains interesting background notes and questions teachers can use in any workshop.

Art Workshop

Students will create a mural with their feet that explores how they "see" (believe) Christ and are led by His spirit.

Computer Workshop

Students see and interact with Acts 9 using the Life of Paul software, and take a deeper look at Saul's name change, as a guide to thinking about how they too are different because of their faith.

Cooking Workshop

butterYour chefs will create and eat a "story map" using crescent roll dough, and bake themselves (represented in the dough) using a Bright Light.

"Super Slo-Mo" Drama Workshop

Students videotape a 3-scene "Saul to Paul" drama, as well as, several life application skits, and then apply "slow and fast motion" special effects for a unique and memorable learning experience that is meant to be shared with others on smartphones, Facebook pages, and the church website. Lots of "how-to" instructions for this new technique that can be used with many other stories as well.

"How Sweet the Sound" Music Workshoppianokeys-small

Your "student musicians" will jam in Acts 9 and create their own version of the "Amazing Grace" that Jesus extended to Paul (who once was blind but now he sees!)

While it wouldn't hurt, this fun music workshop requires very little musical talent to teach!

Popcorn Presentation ("Science") Workshop

In this unique "presentation/demonstration" workshop, the teacher will show and discuss a number of short video clips from Youtube, and share some images (supplied in the lesson plan)  --all of which explore the concepts of "belief" and "unbelief," how Saul was able to become Paul, and our need (and preparation for) the transformation (conversion) that happens to us when we encounter Jesus in a personal way. 

Video Workshop

saultarsusThis video workshop includes a discussion of the video, Saul of Tarsus, and an awesome "popcorn" reflection of the transformative power of faith in Jesus.

Listing of Additional Resources and Teaching Ideas!

Additional books, videos, art ideas, software, and more!

Two Scripts for use as Drama, Reader's Theater, Storytelling or Puppets

One is an especially interactive script for use with non-readers.



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Hey Marjorie, thanks for asking. 

If by "where is the story" you mean the scripture, then scroll up and you can see the SCRIPTURE listed in the top of the post on this page. You can also see the link to the Bible Background which discusses the scripture as well. 

If by story you mean an "illustrated/retold" version of the story, we recommend using whatever illustrated Bible you prefer and/or have on hand at church. 

If neither of these is what you meant, set me straight! 

Hi Marjorie,

If what you meant was the "illustrated/retold" version of the story... also be aware of the plethora of YouTube videos that are available to "tell" a story.

When you are a bit more settled (not wanting to overwhelm you!) read more at our site about using YouTube as a resource, and also be aware of the newly created list of video guides — available just for Supporting Members like yourself. 

Hi Marjorie,
Carol and Neil have already hopefully answered your question, but I wanted to chime in as well. I often find that the telling/reading of the story in Rotation Model SS is the most challenging adjustment for teachers to make. Teaching a story for several weeks means that the majority of kids hear it several times. That repetition enhances learning of course, but if you're not careful the story time can take up the majority of your class session. Once kids have heard the story, and in subsequent weeks, move through the story part more quickly and dig deeper during the activity. One way is to locate the story in their Bible, then ask them to re-tell it to you. Or use the headings in a kids' Bible to paraphrase or have them paraphrase the key ideas. Also, if you are doing an activity that retells the story (a good example is drama), then the story time can be shorter. 

Of course youtube videos are fun too!

Hope this helps! Blessings on your ministry!

Thanks for all the responses.   However,  still not clear.   By story,  I mean story in the sense of STORY FOR THIS CYCLE as appears with each cycle in the original Rotation Workshop model.   The one to be read at the start of each lesson.   Since we only do three or four activities for each cycle,  this does not take up too much time.   For PAUL AND THE BRIGHT LIGHT,  I wrote my own brief story.   I very much enjoyed the kitchen and art lessons.   Excellent.   


Marj Bruns 

In our classes we emphasize Bible skills, so nearly every week we have the kids find the story in their Bibles (possible exception is the younger grades, K-2 in our church, whose Bible occasionally does not have the story we are studying). So the telling of the story is actually reading the Bible (with paraphrases as I mentioned in the post above). I often have kids read the text themselves, asking them to read 1-2 verses before asking a different child to read (Neil MacQueen recommends, and I agree, that it's best to assign readers at random, rather than simply going around the table. That really does seem to help the kids follow along in their Bibles and pay attention). Sometimes we might use a video or a storybook that tells the story, or as you suggested, writing your own summary of it, but Bible skills is one of our goals, so that's how we do it. All our kids are given Bibles and we also have a stockpile of classroom Bibles for visitors or in case they forget to bring theirs from home. 

Glad you enjoyed the rotation!





We also use our Bibles every class.  The children choose a slip of paper showing a
Bible reference (Chapter and Verse) relating to the cycle we're working on.  However, as found in the original Rotation Workshop model, we also read a one-page Story for each cycle.  Did you ever use the original Rotation Workshop model that had to be purchased?  With this in mind, I wrote a similar story for A Bright Light.  I'm going to see if I can attach this story.


Marj Bruns


Hi Marjorie,

I'm not sure what you mean by the original Rotation Workshop model that had to be purchased... there were (still are a few) publishers who sold Rotation-style  curriculum (Cornerstones, Potter's Workshop, Power Xpress, to name a few), but they began as a result of the movement that folks from this site initiated! Neil MacQueen in particular was involved in the very beginning of the concept of rotation. 

Anyway, we mostly wrote our own curriculum at our church with help from Rotation.org because when we started there was very little purchased curriculum available (Cornerstones and Potter's Workshop was pretty much it). Power Xpress became available about nine months after we began and we had already studied the stories they published first. We did purchase a few units and I downloaded all the samples the publishers offered. I don't recall the story as you describe, but it sounds almost like you are introducing the story, by setting the scene, and giving an overview of it. Nice synopsis of Saul/Paul by the way!  Our church's rotations always included an "Introduce the Story," followed by reading the story from the Bible. I think that's definitely valuable. 


Thanks, Jaymie. We purchased the curriculum originated by Tracey Herzer from a dozen years ago. Her lessons always included a story for the cycle. I only joined rotation.org last spring so am still trying to learn to navigate the site.

Where do I go on this site to share my Ideas?


Hi Marj.

Tracey wrote "Workshop Cycles" ...a rotation "style" curriculum published by LeaderResources (Episcopal Church).   Interestingly, they call the model the "Rotation Workshop" model and refer to rotations as "cycles."  Sounds weird if you ask me  but it also explains the confusion about your "story for the rotation" question  --as that is another thing their "Workshop Cycles" did or labeled differently. 

You may find -- as others have, that what you were taught about Rotation is DIFFERENT from the original and evolved Model we practice here. Check out our Workshop resources starting in our Rotation How-to forums.  (I've met quite a few people who learned Rotation elsewhere and were surprised by some of the things they didn't know. And we have also learned from them!)

To share your ideas, simply look up the BIBLE STORY in our Lesson Forums, enter the appropriate workshop (Video, Art, etc), then scroll to the bottom of the topic and click REPLY to leave your info and pics. Thanks for wanting to do that btw  That's what Rotation.org is all about: sharing.

Copyright Note: You can generally describe lessons from their Cycles curriculum in your posts up here, but you can't copy any substantial amount of the publishers content. 


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