Students pretend to be newscasters who tell a familiar gospel story.
EXAMPLE: I told my students that we were going to pretend to be newscasters describing the events of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Each zone received a section of Matthew 21 to give a news cast on. The parables were difficult, but the kids were able to cover them by doing those interview-style, like “You were present when Jesus spoke to the Pharisees. What did you see? What did he say? What did all that mean? What was the reaction of the people?”
I don’t know if all classes love acting out, but my kids love, love, LOVE it. It’s a fun way for them to practice reading text, finding what’s important, and then explaining it to the group. It’s triple repetition for them that helps with both learning and comprehension.
Great for: Giving every person a turn, Helping shy students participate, Reviewing a scripture story, Getting the attention of uninterested students
Class size: Any class size
Helps Students: SEARCH the scriptures or text, SHARE feelings, thoughts, or personal experiences, SEE a gospel principle in action
Student Age: Any age