Thursday, October 31, 2013

All Saints and All Souls Day Letters

Not one to abandon All Saints and All Souls Day to be overshadowed by Halloween, my classroom has spent this whole week talking about the Communion of Saints, praying for the dead, and eternity.  Our discussion led to the fact that we can ask the Saints in heaven to pray for us, and we can pray for the souls in Purgatory. 

Unfortunately for my students (not really) I am great at integrating subjects into each other, so our discussion turned into an official writing assignment. 

They could chose to write letter (yes, a letter, which should not be a dying art) to a Saint in heaven: (asking what heaven was like, mentioning what they admired about their lives, asking for their intercession...)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ETRkL51fhMcUF6MU0yQ1QzbUE/edit?usp=sharing
 ...or to a soul in Purgatory: (usually the kids chose to write to a dead loved one, so they wrote about how they missed them, told them about what was going on here on earth, an promised to pray for them, etc.)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ETRkL51fhMTEN6b3pVcUNfcjQ/edit?usp=sharing




This assignment could be made a little more fun by using this cute "stationary" for the letters and adding it to a notebooking project.  Click on the images for links to the printable.


In celebration of All Saints Day, why not play this Beatitudes and Modern Saints game?  Click on the picture below to go to the post:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2012/06/beatitudes-modern-saints.html
And just in case you missed it, there is info about All Saints Day and All Souls Day in my coloring book Finding Truth in Halloween:
http://looktohimandberadiant.blogspot.com/2013/10/finding-truth-in-halloween.html

Happy Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day!

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