Ready, Setting, Go!

Scripture: Exodus 1-2

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn how the setting effects the story.
  • Students will illustrate and write about how the setting for Moses was unique.

Guiding Question: How does the setting effect the story?

Materials: paper, pencils, crayons/markers/colored pencils

Procedure: Review the story of Moses emphasizing the social structure of Egypt and the geographic/ community setting. Discuss Egypt in the time of Moses including how pharaohs were viewed as gods and the Israelites were slaves. Explain that a setting for a story is where it takes place. Give different examples of settings in common stories for your community. (Example: house in the forest for Goldilocks and the Three Bears). Ask students what were some key things in the story that were specific to ancient Egypt’s location and time period? (Nile river, Pharaoh, tall grass, homemade basket, slaves, etc.). Have students draw the setting for Moses’ birth and early life. Students then write small captions around their pictures pointing out the specific things that created a unique setting.

Additional Questions:

  • How was Egypt different than the setting you live in? How is it similar?
  • Why was it important for Moses to be taken in by Pharaoh’s daughter instead of at home with his mother? How did that effect the setting?

Supplemental Activities:

  • Students can choose a common story and rewrite it with a new setting. How would the story change? What elements would be the same?

Written by: Savannah Negas

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