Junior RE Lesson Plan: Introducing the Parables

For all of those embarking on their Teaching Practice journeys in January, and for those who may be doing their DIP, it can be difficult at times to get the ball rolling on lesson plans and lesson ideas. As a result, I have attached below one of my lesson plans, complete with resources, aims, objectives etc to help those on their journey. It can be difficult to find ways to introduce a topic, so I hope this is of some help to those who may be covering the Parables.

 Lesson  1 in a series of  2 DURATION of lesson35mins
Intended Learning Outcomes(Knowledge, Understanding, Skills, Attitudes)

 

  • The pupils will know what a parable is.
  • The pupils will understand the hidden meaning in the parable of the Prodigal Son.
  • The pupils will be able to create a modern day version of the parable of the Prodigal Son.
  • The pupils will begin to grow in their awareness of the importance and significance of Jesus’ message on the Kingdom of God in the parables.
 Assessment of Learning Outcomes.(ie. What assessment will you use to show you that learning has taken place?) 
  • By completing the end of lesson assessment sheet, and by answering oral lower order questions throughout the lesson, the pupils will illustrate their knowledge on the meaning and purpose of a parable.
  • By engaging in classroom discussion, and by completing the end of lesson assessment sheet, the pupils will highlight their understanding of the hidden meaning in the parable of the Prodigal Son.
  • By engaging in class discussion and by answering a series of higher and lower order questions, the pupils will begin to grow in their awareness of importance and significance of Jesus’ message on the Kingdom of God in the parables.
  • By engaging in class discussion and by illustrating their understanding on the hidden meaning of the parable of the Prodigal Son, the pupils will be able to create a modern day version of the parable of the Prodigal Son.

 

KEY RESOURCES
Textual
Hand-out:
  • Explaining a parable
  • The hidden meaning of the Prodigal Son
  • Assessment sheet
Display and Electronic media 

 

Teaching Strategy:  Working with text, interpretation of data.

Phase  1

Brief Outline

 
  • I will begin my lesson with an oral recap of last week’s lessons.
  • I will inform the pupils that this week we will be looking at the parables.
  • I will ask the pupils if they can tell me what a parable is.
  • I will record any responses on the board.
  • I will further ask the pupils if they can think of any examples of parables.
  • Again, I will record any answers on the board.

 

Phase 2 Brief Outline
 
  • I will hand out each pupil a narrative hand-out.
  • I will ask three pupils to read the hand-out for me.
  • I will re-read the hand-out to reiterate the main points for the pupils.
  • When I have completed reading the hand-out, I will ask the pupils a series of higher and lower order questions. For example:
    • What is a parable?
    • What was the main message in each parable about?
    • Who taught through the use of parables?
    • Is the kingdom of God a place?
Phase 3 Brief Outline
  • I will inform the pupils that we will be looking at a number of parables over the week.
  • I will inform the pupils that we will be looking at the parable of the prodigal son in today’s lesson.
  • I will show the pupils a video clip of the story of the prodigal son.
  • When the clip is over, I will ask the pupils a series of higher and lower order questions. For example:
    • What did the son leave at the beginning of the story?
    • Why did he return home?
    • What is the hidden meaning of the story?
    • What do you think is the most important moment in the story?
    • What do you think is the most important message or meaning in this story?
    • Jesus told this story to explain something about the Kingdom of God. What do you think Jesus is trying to tell us about the Kingdom of God in this story?

 

Phase 4 Brief Outline
  • I will hand out the pupils another hand out.
  • I will ask two pupils to read this page for me.
  • As a class, we will discuss the hidden meaning of the parable.
  • I will then place the pupils into pairs.
  • I will ask the pupils to plan a modern day tale of the prodigal son.
  • I will give the pupils an example via PowerPoint to help them.
  • I will inform the pupils that they will have three minutes to complete this exercise.
  • I will ask three pairs for their modern day versions of the prodigal son.
Phase 5 Brief Outline
  • To conclude my lesson, I will hand out each pupil a short assessment sheet.
  • I will inform the pupils that they will have three minutes to complete this exercise.
  • Pending time, we will correct this exercise as a class.
  • I will collect the assessment sheets for inspection.
  • I will assign the pupils their homework. (To write their modern day versions of the Prodigal Son.)

RESOURCES

The Parables

A parable is a special kind of story. It is a story with a meaning. In the New Testament, Jesus used parables to describe to us what the Kingdom of God was like. In general, parables are used to teach us a lesson about life. The parables are easy to understand and easy to remember.

When we read or think about a kingdom, we immediately think of a place or a piece of land. However, the Kingdom of God is not found on a map, as it is ‘a place’ found inside people when they show love to others. It is the way in which someone lives out their life.

Jesus’s parables were based on the lifestyles that ordinary people were familiar with at that time; they told of farm workers, fishermen, shepherds, kings and so on. They dealt with very ordinary events, such as paying workers, minding sheep or sowing crops.

The parables of Jesus work on two levels, i.e. they have two meanings. There is a first and obvious meaning of the story, and then a deeper, challenging message about the Kingdom of God.

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Name: ______________________________

The Parable Of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

Please answer the following questions.

What is a parable?

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What is the parable of the Prodigal Son about?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Where/how do we see the Kingdom of God in the parable of the Prodigal Son?
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Link to the Video of the Prodigal Son – Cartoon Version

Parable of Prodigal Son Cartoon

 

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