Mixed Up Creation Story

Mixed Up Creation Story – Teach One Reach OneScripture: Genesis 1-2

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the story of Creation
  • Students will learn/review the basic parts of speech – noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc.
  • Students will participate in an activity helping them not only review the story of Creation, but also the parts of speech

Guiding Question: What details of a story are represented by various parts of speech?

Materials: No special materials needed.

Procedure: Before class, write the Creation story (or part of it), leaving every few words blank. Under the blank, write the part of speech (noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb) of the original word.

During class, review the story of Creation in your own words. Review the parts of speech and have the students give examples of each. Randomly call out parts of speech from your pre-written story. Write the word the students provide for that part of speech in the blank. Have a student read the finished story. Discuss how close the students came to the correct story. Play a second round calling out the blank parts of speech in order. Compare the results. Discuss what details each part of speech can give us about a story.

Additional Questions:

  • Are there details in a story that are not one of the major parts of speech? If so, what part of speech are they?
  • How much detail would a story have if you left out all of the adjectives? What about all of the adverbs?

Supplemental Activity: Have students create their own stories, leaving out words and correctly labeling the part of speech of the missing word. Divide students into pairs to complete each others’ stories.