Monday, February 2, 2009

Line Drawings in Bible Study

General Overview of the method:
These line drawings are illustrations of different scenes and stories from the Bible. These illustrations were drawn by Annie Vallotton for the T.E.V. The American Bible Society gives many examples for using the different posters and cards to help teach and reinforce Bible stories. You can use the pictures in a variety of ways to help a group of students learn. This is a good addition to any lesson because it will visually enforce the lesson taught.

Age Level:
I think line drawings are best for youth and adults but exposure to children of these pictures would also be helpful. The youth and adults could actually do the activities but children like pictures and showing them these pictures can be useful.

Specific Materials/Supplies/Handouts Required:
o Line drawings
o Bible
o Paper
o Markers/colored pencils

Step by step instructions for the model:
There are a few ways you can use the line drawings in a Bible study. One way you can incorporate them in your study is by having your students arrange the pictures in chronological order. You can do that with lessons pertaining to Jesus’ life. You could have your students arrange the cards in order of the events that took place during Jesus’ ministry. You could also have the students look at a picture and draw what the story is that is being represented or you could have them draw a line drawing of a different story using the original line drawing as an example. You could have the just play with the pictures and allow for free thought and discussion. You could lay down many different cards and have the students pick out the ones that go with certain topics. These can be used in many ways.

Evaluation of the model (strengths/weaknesses):
Line drawings can be used along with any kind of Bible study method but you can’t have a whole Bible study with just the drawings. They allow for creative thought and are a good way to incorporate visual items for those students who learn visually.

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