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Sharing the Good News

This activity helps students prepare to share the Good News of Jesus with different individuals or groups, and then act out how they would do so, given the individual's or group's particular needs and characteristics.

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The Body of Christ

This video is a student-dramatization of how the different parts of the body can accomplish great things when they work as one.

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Script for a Special Passover Meal with Jesus

The script for the skit in which children reenact the Last Supper, acting as Jesus, the Apostles, and narrators.

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A Special Passover Meal with Jesus

The instructions for the skit in which children reenact the Last Supper, acting as Jesus, the Apostles, and narrators.

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An Exodus Celebration of God's Power and Love

A joyful activity for elementary children to learn about and reenact the Israelites’ escape from Egypt and their songs of praise to God.

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A Modern Parable of the Prodigal Son

This skit presents the Parable of the Prodigal Son in four scenes, with parts for the Father, Younger son, Narrator, and Chorus.

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Lead Me Not into Temptation

This handout presents different roles for students to act out from a real-life theft situation

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Be Careful What You Ask For

This is a list of Scripture passages to be acted out from 1 Samuel

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The Stations of the Cross

Students read a Scripture passage for an assigned station before creating an enactment and discussing questions.

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King David

This small-group project asks students to read a section from the bible about King David. Students must then create and act out a television show based on their scripture passage.

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The Book of Exodus

This small-group project asks students to read a section from the Book of Exodus before acting out the passage and responding to discussion questions.

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Role-plays: Kindness and Truth

This handout provides two role-play situations for students to practice open, honest communication in a kind, truthful way.

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Life Issues B Activity: Gospel Messages about Money

Develop a skit based on one of the passages above using one of the following dramatic genres.

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The Road to Damascus: A Scripted Version of Acts 9:1-22

A scripted version of Saint Paul’s conversion experience on the road to Damascus, found in Acts 9:1-22.

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Questions about Elisha

An activity in the form of a talk show, Good Morning Israel, about the death of Elisha and interviewing people who came in contact with him.

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A Dramatic Call: Lessons from the Old Testament

An activity where young people are asked to pick a Scripture passage that deals with an Old Testament ‘call’, and create a contemporary skit.

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What Makes Something Moral?

Two scenarios that involve people making moral choices. Students are asked to identify the object, intention, and circumstances surrounding the act in the scenario and indicate whether the choice is morally good or morally bad.

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Jesus Reveals the Kingdom of God

Scripture passages that go along with the group assignment that uses parables to see the Kingdom of God.

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Seeing the Kingdom of God Through Parables

A group assignment on using parables to see the Kingdom of God.

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Dramatic Monologues

An activity where students are asked to write a dramatic monologue, pretending that they are a scriptural character.

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Conducting Justice Simulations

A resource on how to conduct a justice simulation.

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The One-Act Play

One-act plays give students the opportunity to be creative as they explore a concept, issue, dilemma, person, or situation.

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In-Class Debates

A format for an in-class debate.

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Campaign Platform

A small-group assignment in which students will develop an imaginary political campaign to explore what it means to be a responsible citizen, both locally and globally.

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Using Skits in Teaching

A reading on using skits as a method of teaching.

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Lifehouse's Everything Skit

"Everything" Skit

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The Last Supper - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can participate and enter into the scene of the Last Supper through images and acting.

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Reading the Parables

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students must look up some of Jesus' parables and answer questions about the analogy and imagery used and the message being given about the Kingdom of God.

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The Socratic Seminar

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. Teachers may use it as a guide to using the Socratic Method in classroom discussion.

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Lifehouse's Everything Skit

This skit is a powerful depiction of the human weakness in the face of temptations and the love of Jesus Christ, who conquers sin and death.

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Paul's Conversion

Background for the Teacher This session focuses our attention on Paul's conversion experience. Using a hard-boiled egg and a raw egg as focusing symbols, the young people reflect on the meaning of conversion. Then two or three of the participants …

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Paul's Missionary Journeys

Preparation Gather the following items: pens or pencils copies of The Catholic Youth Bible® or another Bible, one for each participant maps of Paul's journeys (See maps 7 and 8 from the Study Aids section in the back of The …

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Handout 1: The Walk to Emmaus

Characters: narrator, Jesus, Cleopas, second disciple Narrator: That very same day, two of the disciples were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking over all that had happened. Now as they …

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The Final Beginning: Ascension and Pentecost

Overview After Jesus' death, his followers were fearful, angry, grief-stricken, confused, and shattered. About fifty days later, at Pentecost, they were confident, joyful, determined, committed, and passionate. This topic of this session covers the time from the Resurrection until the …

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News from Ephesus

The student text points out that Christians in the Roman Empire were often in conflict with the Roman state over their refusal to worship the emperor. In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke tells a story in which Christians come …

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Singing Telegrams

Direct the students to read Matthew, chapters 1–2. Discuss the role of a messenger in the passage, noting the different messages delivered by angels. Form small groups. Instruct the groups each to compose and rehearse a singing telegram based on …

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Scripture Puppet Show

This assignment allows students to use their own creativity in the understanding and application of the Scriptures. Their grade for this assignment will be based on their ability to do the following tasks: Involve all members of the group. Create …

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A Christmas Legend: The Birth of Jesus and Gift Giving

Session Overview: This 2-hour session is designed to use role-playing skills for a presentation to an audience. Scripture: This session is based on Luke 2:1-20. Read the Scripture passage to the young people after the role-play, "Christmas Legend," has been …

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Building Faith Community in the High School

In a workshop entitled "The Catholic High School as Faith Community," religion teachers, campus ministers, and school administrators discussed, among many things, the obstacles they face in trying to build faith community in their school. One obstacle they addressed was …

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When the School Play Becomes a Faith Experience

As a teacher in a Catholic school, I have always been concerned with trying to demonstrate to my students how, in a practical way, Catholic values and the Christian worldview are relevant to their lives. A Catholic school does not …

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Using Imaginative Retellings in Teaching the Bible

Biblical stories have been imaginatively retold over and over again for centuries. A particular type of retelling, in which students assume the role of a biblical character then retell the story using a first-person point of view, has proven effective …

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Four Writers of the Pentateuch

This is a good activity for getting students thinking about the importance of context when reading scripture. I use it as a starting point to address the four writers of the Torah (Jahwist, Elohist, Deuteronomist, Priestly), but it would serve …

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