What’s in the Fine Print?

Scripture: I Samuel 28

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn it is wrong to use witchcraft as it gives power to someone other than God.
  • Students will learn Saul had stopped trusting in God and was desperate for anyone to tell him what he wanted to hear.
  • Students will learn God’s will does happen eventually, even if we don’t like it.
  • Students will learn how fine print changes the meaning of advertisements?

Guiding Question: How can students learn the meaning behind fine print?

Materials: Various copies of advertisements

Procedure: Tell the story of King Saul and the Witch of Endor, being careful not to make it sound too scary. Explain that the fact that she could call up Samuel seemed to surprise even the “witch”. Tell students that today many people have carefully watched people who pretend to talk to dead people and/or tell the future and have realized that they use tricks and not real magic.

Introduce the activity. Explain that the witch of Endor was probably used to tricking people judging from her reaction when Samuel appeared. Sometimes people use words to trick people. Teach students how to look for “fine print” as one place where people hide the truth. Give students examples of ads, contracts etc to see if they can spot the fine print and how it changes what the person is trying to make you believe in the rest of the ad or contract.

Additional Questions: How can students model using fine print?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students create their own advertisements with fine print in the ad. Have the student share the ad and explain how the fine print changes the meaning of the ad and could trick people.

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