Lesson Plan

Lazarus Raised from the Dead

Podcasting, Reflecting, Investigation and Analysis
Taylor W.
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International Christian School
Shek Mun, ShaTin, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
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Objectives

Students will be able to...

-Collect information on the events of Saturday and collaborate to retell the story.

-Investigate the events by posing questions and discussing possible outcomes

-Investigate the events by posing questions and discussing possible outcomes.

 

Subjects
Social Studies
Grades 6 – 8
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1 News Team Assemble!

First, introduce the lesson. 

"Today you will be creating a news team.  The purpose is to take the information shared in the lesson, analyze the information, collaborate together to create a video news report or podcast script. "

 

As your hook, you will bring your students together into groups.  For some classess I have let my students decide, for others I like to use apps like Roundom or other randomizing apps to choose groups.  

Student's names need to be loaded into the app before class.  Groups shouldn't take more than 5-10 min to complete.  (If you don't have time, feel free to pre-make groups before class)

Next, allow students to come up with their news team name.  

Student Instructions

Once groups are made, students will be required to create their News team name. 

2 Presenting the Report

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For this piece, you as the teacher will present the story of Lazarus to the class.  (See below).  Students will be instructed to take notes in Google Docs on one document.  They will all collaborate together on the same document.  

Students should have their notes into three sections

  1. Story
  2. Investigation
  3. Analysis

As you read the "report" of what happened, students will take notes with the purpose of retelling the story to their audience.   The investigation is the area where questions are jotted down that come up.  The Analysis section is where students focus on a specific item, event, person or phrase that they want to dig deeper with. 

Here is the Report Script to read to the students:

"

Good Morning ladies and gentlemen of the press.  I am here to be the liaison between you and the events surrounding the man known as Jesus of Nazareth.  We will be meeting consistently over this passover week to share reports of what happens.  The purpose of this is to communicate order and provide the world with the story of what is happening in our capital city.

 

Today is Saturday, passover is 6 days away and I am going to bring you up to date on what has happened today and a few days before.  

 

A man from the community, from a nearby town of Bethany, named Lazarus became sick 5 days ago.   Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha are known for being friends of Jesus.

 

Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus saying “Master, the one you love so very much is sick”

 

When Jesus received the message he told his disciples “The sickness is not fatal.  It will become an occasion to show God’s glory by glorifying God’s Son.”

 

It was shortly after Jesus stated this that Lazarus died.

 

Jesus decided that he would not go to Lazarus but stay where he was for two more days.  When Jesus finally decided to go to Judea he made a simple statement, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep.  I’m going to wake him up”

 

The disciples of Jesus responded simply, “Master, if he’s gone to sleep, he’ll get a good rest and wake up feeling fine.”

 

Jesus responded, “Lazarus died.  No let’s go to him”

 

Jesus and his disciples traveled for two days to arrive in Bethany.  Lazarus had been in the tomb from 4 days at this point.   

 

When Jesus arrived there were many people from Jerusalem in Bethany to support Mary and Martha at the loss of their brother.  When Martha got word that Jesus was arriving , she ran out to meet him saying, “Master, if you’d been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.  Even now, I know that whatever you ask  God he will give you”

 

Jesus responded saying “Your brother will be raised up”

 

Martha stated I know that he will be raised up in the resurrection at the end of time”  

 

To which Jesus responded, “You don’t have to wait for the End.  I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. That one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live.  And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all.”

 

Jesus asked for Mary to come and see him as well.  She came to him upset and crying, yelling “Master if you had been here, my brother would not have died!”

 

Jesus observed her pain, the pain of Martha, and an anger welled up inside of him.  He asked to be shown the tomb.

 

Arriving at the tomb and feeling the pain that was around him and realizing the death of his friend, Jesus stood and cried with the people.   The crowd started to murmur.  Some were saying “look how deeply he loved him” others were saying “If he loved him so much why didn’t he do something? Why didn't he come sooner?  If he can open the eyes of a blind man, surely he can heal a man of his sickness!  Then Jesus wiped the tears from his eyes, turned to his disciples and the men around him and said, “open the tomb”  Martha immediately protested stating that Lazarus had been dead fro 4 days, that his body was rotten and the smell would be horrible.  Jesus smiled at Martha, looked up to heaven and offered a prayer saying “Father I am grateful that you have listened to me.  I know you always do listen, but on account of this crowd standing here i’ve spoken so they might believe that you sent me”  Then Jesus looked toward the cave in the side of the mountain and shouted “Lazarus, come out!”  There was a noise that came from inside the cave and a body, a cadaver, a man, wrapped head to toe with burial cloth walked out of the cave slowly, shielding his eyes from the sun.   Jesus smiled and looked to his disciples instructing them to go and unwrap him.   The crowd was astonished.  Some cheered, praising God, others loyal to the pharisees saw what had happened and ran back to Jerusalem to report to the Sanhedrin what had happened.  The High priests in Jerusalem, hearing this news, came into a meeting.  “What should we do?” They discussed.  One high priest said, “This man keeps on doing things, creating God-signs.  If we let him go on, pretty soon everyone will be believing in him and the Romans will come and remove what little power and privilege we still have”  The Chief Priest Caiaphas quieted the group, stood and with a stern voice said, “Don’t you knwo anything? Can’t you see that it’s to our advantage that one man dies for the people rather than the whole nation be destroyed?”   I can neither confirm or deny any plans of action against Jesus at this point from the Sanhedrin or Chief Priest Caiaphas.  I will now open up for any questions. "

Student Instructions

Students will create a Google doc that every person in the group will have access to.  They will prepare to take their investigative notes on the report that will be read by the teacher.  

 

Each student needs to make sure they have access to the document and have 3 sections. The best way to do this is to create a table in the google doc and divide the information that way. 

3 Create the Script

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Once the report is read, students are now given time to take their notes, questions and analysis and create a script for their news report.  

Their script should follow the same structure of 

  1. story
  2. investigation
  3. analysis

For Story:  Students retell the events reported in their own words

Investigation: Students create 3 questions that they respond to based on their understanding of the events of the report.  Students should write in their own opinion of the question asked.  Encourage them that there does not have to be a "right" answer but they simply need to come to their own conclusion based on their understanding of the report. 

Analysis:  Students choose a specific word, item, person and analyze deeper.  Looking for purpose and meaning of that specific element . 

Student Instructions

Work together with your group to write your complete script.  You should have 3 sections in your script, writing it out as if you are telling a story.

For Story:  Students retell the events reported in their own words

Investigation: Students create 3 questions that they respond to based on their understanding of the events of the report.  Students should write in their own opinion of the question asked.  Encourage them that there does not have to be a "right" answer but they simply need to come to their own conclusion based on their understanding of the report. 

Analysis:  Students choose a specific word, item, person and analyze deeper.  Looking for purpose and meaning of that specific element . 

4 Peer Feedback

Activity: Conversing

Give students a chance to share their script with another group.  Give time for the groups to read their story and then offere feedback to the peers. 

Student Instructions

Perform your script for your partner group.  After each group has performed, offer feedback such as likes, encouraging words and places of improvement.  

5 Production

Now is the time for students to produce their news report.  If students are doing a podcast, encourage them to add background music and other sound effects to enhance their podcast.  If students are doing a video, remind them of the energy in filming that needs to happen.  Typically I would give 1 class period to get this done. 

Student Instructions

With your group, produce your news report.  

6 Presentation

Activity: Presenting

Students present their final reports to the class.  Allow groups to offer feedback and accountability for students and their level of team work.  

Make sure students understand the gravity of the presentation. 

Student Instructions

As your peers are presenting, please fill out a peer assessment form and offer feedback.  Your name must be on the for in order to get credit.