I am blessed to still have my 5th graders all day in my classroom, which gives me more flexibility than departmentalized teachers to teach across curriculum areas. I am grateful for this chance, and would like to share something that we are working on in my classroom right now.
The song is about allowing God to reveal who He is through the everyday events of our lives, and to make His story our story. It was catchy and meaningful and I knew that I could use it in the classroom. We were about to branch into our narrative writing unit, and I knew that it would be pulling teeth. I have been working hard with this group of kids to improve their writing skills, specifically using the 6 Traits of Writing to hone in on specific ways to become a strong writer.
I decide to wrap up the skills that go with the 6 Traits, the structure of narrative writing, and the idea behind this song in a unit that would allow the kids to express themselves and show how they see God working in their lives. Writing & Religion, all in one.
I focused on this verse, explaining to the kids that to know our faith means to know who God is as well as who we are as His children:
“Keep my commandments and live, keep my teachings as the apple of your eye;
bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart.”
o Seeing God in the Sacraments: Write about receiving a Sacrament or witnessing a Sacrament and how it helped you to see God.
o Knowing God through His People: Write a story about a person who is/was important in your life and how they helped you to know God better.
o Finding God in His Creation: Write a story about a time you spent in nature and how you see God’s creative power in the world.
o Seeing God in the Hard Times: Write a story about something hard that has happened in your life and how God was there to help you.
o Writing God’s Story on Your Heart: Write about knowing that Jesus is a part of your life. You have lots of choice with this topic!
I also included the rubric that would be used to grade the essays:
Click on the image below for a copy of the 12 page document with all of the ideas, instructions, graphic organizers, rubric, etc.
Click here if you would like a copy of my packet. It is a bit messy, but it has filled in notes, suggestions, lists of brainstorming ideas for all of the topics, etc. If you want to see how we used this packet to get the project rolling, you will want to look through this.
Click here for ideas for binding student books, which is how we "published" our project.
Click on the titles below for ideas for five Faith Filled Art Projects, all which match one of the topics in the Write Your Story on My Heart project.
1. Mixed Media Sacrament Art
2. Finding God in Nature Art
3. Word Cloud Art
4. Black Out Poetry Art
5. Finish the Picture Art