Scripture: Exodus 7-10
- Students will learn God is the only God.
- Students will learn God used the ten plagues in part to show the Egyptians their gods were false.
- Students will learn God used the ten plagues in part to show us and the Israelites He is ruler of everything.
- Students will learn how to use punctuation appropriately.
Guiding Question: How can emotions affect our decisions?
Materials: Paper, pencil
Procedure: Review the story of the Ten Plagues. Specifically focus on how the plagues were consequences for the actions of the Egyptians. Explain how the plagues were God’s way of showing that there are consequences for negative actions and disobedience to God. Explain that all the choices we make have positive or negative consequences. God specifically lays out guidelines for the choices we make so that can enjoy life and not have to suffer from negative consequences that may affect us immediately or later on in life. Explain that at times our emotions can lead us to want to make certain choices. When we are feeling emotional, we need to turn to guide for direction about what the best choice is to make despite our feelings.
Introduce the activity. Explain that the Egyptians had many feelings when they were experiencing the plagues. Ask students how they would have felt in those situations. Have the students write sentences that the Egyptians might have said during the ten plagues while using the appropriate punctuation, especially quotation marks. Review punctuation before giving the assignment.
Additional Questions: How can students express feelings in writing?
Supplemental Activity: Have students create sentences for how the Egyptians would have felt during each plague with descriptive words and synonyms for common emotions.