Scripture: Acts 4:23-5:11
- Students will learn the early church was united and shared everything they had with each other.
- Students will learn God hates lies.
- Students will learn God expects us to be generous with our possessions.
- Students will learn superlatives and how to use them.
Guiding Question: How are superlatives used within English?
Materials: Paper, pencils
Procedure: Review the stories and highlights of the Early Church, Ananias and Sapphira from the scriptures above. Emphasize that the early church was composed of many Christians who were united under the message of Jesus. These Christians embraced each other and shared everything they had with each other. Reinforce what these scriptures say about lying and how God detests lying. Ask the students if they have ever been lied to before and if so, how did it feel. Explain that God does not want us to lie because He wants us to be honest and kind to others. Lying is often secretive and can cause hurt to others. Emphasize that any lie is a sin – no matter how big or small.
Introduce the activity. Remind students that Ananias and Saphphira implied they were giving more than they actually did/gave less than they made it appear (didn’t give entire proceeds). Give students the base words that have superlatives like good, bad, etc. Have them work in pairs to find the superlatives for each word.
Examples: Good – better – best, bad – worse – worst, rude, ruder, rudest, angry, angrier, angriest
Additional Questions: How can students apply superlatives in writing?
Supplemental Activity: Have students create a story in which they use at least three sets of superlatives within the story.