Learning Scripture Mastery is useless unless they can use the verses in situations in life. Part of getting to this level is learning to recall the verses in different situations or context besides the key words. By this time in the school year they should be ready for this. The worksheet here takes the 25 Scripture Masteries and puts them in something that sounds like an Article Of Faith. Challenge them to write in the references with no helps from bookmarks or anything else. Just click on the graphic to get the worksheet. Thanks Brother Nelson for sharing.
I recently presented to my teachers ideas for teaching the War Chapters. While giving lesson ideas, I wanted to demonstrate how quickly you could go to some key verses, give a good “Look for”, follow up with good questions, and then have the students come up with good “Take Aways” that you hope would stick with them. The text in Red is what I might invite them to write in their own scriptures. Short and sweet. Remember the key to teaching the War Chapters is after talking about their literal warfare, ask what it teaches about our "spiritual warfare" we are engaged in each day.
Hope this is helpful. I am sending this as a PDF rather than a PowerPoint because of size. Also, there is nothing here which would require you to use a PowerPoint or projector. I just used this in the Inservice so we would not spend so much time turning to the key sets of verses.
Here is a simple glue-in to teach about the pride cycle in Helaman and 3rd Nephi. Often when teaching the storyline in Helaman, I would stop them and point to the Pride Cycle and ask, “Where does it seem like the Nephites are on the cycle right now? Where are the Lamanites on the cycle?”. It is also good to ask them were the country is right now. Then go personally and have them think to themselves where they currently are on the cycle and what will likely happen next. Just click on the graphic to get the PDF of the glue-in.
I wanted to share with you a great bookmark a fellow teacher (Eric Bacon) shared with me. The one side has the scripture study skills listed on pages 20-23 of the Gospel Teaching & Learning handbook that you all should have. The other side is questions a student could use as they approach a set of verses. This is a great time of year to help your students keep sharp on their scripture study skills.
To use it in class, I would go through the bookmark (giving them each a copy) and then give the class a juicy set of verses from the lesson, and have them go through the verses using the skills and then have them be ready to share things they found and have them also share what skills they used. You could also divide up the whole lesson block for the day and give it to different students to do the same thing. This would take you through the whole lesson for the day.
The tab on the top of the site called “Seminary Resources” also has 6 different lessons to sharpen scripture study skills and can be used with most any scripture block you have for the day. They are just over half way down on that page.
As the glue-in explains, a chiasma is an ancient Hebrew literary form in which the author paralleles the ideas and words he used previously in reverse order. It was considered an artistic form of writing in the Bible. This literary form was not discoverd in ancient records until the late 1920s (after the day of Joseph Smith) and is thus a proof of the Book of Mormon.
Click on the image to get the glue-in and show your class how the words are repeated in the verses. Also show how the apex points to verses 17-18 and what this teaches.
A while back I came across a wonderful collection of activities using the Scripture Mastery Cards. I saved it so I could share it later. It comes from: https://www.theredheadedhostess.com/teach/seminary-teach/12-fun-scripture-mastery-card-activities/ Click on the image and you will get a bunch of wonderful ways to use the Scripture Mastery Cards with your class to help them with Scripture Mastery.
Here are a couple of worksheets I have used to teach Alma 5. They work well because they direct the students through almost the whole chapter. As usual, click on the picture to get the worksheets.
A great way I like to start Alma 5 is by going to Alma 4:19. I bring a bottle of Italian dressing to class (not shaken up) and ask them what the ingredients are (Oil, vinegar, and spices). Then I ask it they would put it on their salad as it is (not shaken and separated). Then I ask questions like, “What does the dressing have to do with Alma 4:19? What has to happen for the dressing to be good? How are people like that? What shakes or stirs people up to be good?” The point is that Alma’s people had settled down into their comfortable, easy places with the Gospel. Alma 5 was to wake them up and “stir” them up spiritually. Alma 5 will do the same with us.
This is something I gave out the Old Testament year to help students memorize the Ten Commandments and what order they are in. By the end you could be able to mention a commandment “Honor Father and Mother” and they could be able to say which one it is, “That’s the 5th commandment”.
Here is a short explanation
1. Looks like when someone is saying “We’re #1”. But who is really #1? (God). Thus “Thou shalt have no other God’s before me.”
2. Looks like a snake. “Thou shalt not make… any graven image” Like making a serpent and worshiping it.
3. A 3 on its side bends in the middle just like the top lip. This is the commandment we break with our lips –“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord…in vain”.
4. A four upside-down looks like a chair could be in church. Keep the Sabbath day holy.
5. The number 5 is square at the top part (fathers are square), and round at the bottom (mothers are more shapely). “Honor thy father and thy mother”.
6. The number 6 on its side almost looks like a gun. “Thou shalt not kill.”
7. The number 7 on its side could look like a bed frame. “Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. When you steal they put you in handcuffs and handcuffs put together almost look like the number 8. “Thou shalt not steal.”
9. The 9 is made to look like a bear. “Thou shalt not bear false witness.”
10. If you bend the 1 in 10, it almost looks like a CO. “Thou shalt not COvet…”
Make sure you quiz them often by throwing out a number and they give the commandment, or vice versa.
One of the toughest parts of Scripture Mastery is helping students learn the reference from the key words. A teacher suggested that I put together the new mnemonics on a one page handout like I’ve done with past years. This can help you go over a group of them on a given day.
I suggest on one day of the week, you go over 8 or 12 of them, let them practice with each other, and then focus on those when doing activities and games with scripture mastery. This way, in a few weeks, you would have gone over and practiced all of the 25 Scripture Mastery mnemonics. There are instructions on the handout of how to use mnemonics effectively.
Under the “Scripture Mastery” tab at the top of the website, you will see “Book of Mormon Scripture Mastery” where you will see other uses with the mnemonics and learning the scripture masteries.
Sorry it has been a while since sharing a scripture Mastery game. This is a game I shared a while back, but with the changes with the new scripture mastery scriptures, I had to update the game board sheets. Here I have updated the sheets for all 4 years of seminary so you can use this any time in the future.
Before you can have effective scripture chasing, your students first need to start learning the references to the key words or clues. This game sharpens that skill. It will also help you see who is your fastest. Click on the graphic to download the full instructions and also the game board for all 4 years of seminary.
Click Here to see more Scripture Mastery Games.
Click Here to teach them ways to remember the key words to the references for the Book of Mormon.