Scripture: Luke 10:38-42
- Students will learn God wants us to make Him our first priority in life.
- Students will learn God wants us to avoid being distracted by worldly things.
- Students will learn God wants us to listen to His words.
- Students will learn how to use synonyms for the word “said”.
Guiding Question: How can students make writing more engaging by changing dialogue?
Materials: Bibles, paper, pencils
Procedure: Review the story of Mary and Martha. Remind students that Martha was easily distracted and busy preparing things for dinner. Ask students to share why they thought Martha was distracted by her chores. Explain that while it is fine for Martha to want to prepare a nice meal and have a clean house, she made those things a priority when listening and learning from Jesus should have been her first priority. Have students share what they think can serve as distractions for them today and how can they plan to minimize those distractions so they can focus more on Jesus.
Introduce the activity. Remind students that his story has quite a bit of dialogue. Analyze it with students and teach students different ways of writing the word “said” when telling a story (such as stated, exclaimed, shared). Have the students rewrite the Bible story using different vocabulary words for “said” whenever someone speaks.
Additional Questions: How can students learn to use engaging words within dialogue?
Supplemental Activity: Have students create a short story with at least two characters, dialogue, and a challenge of not using the word “said”.