At the beginning of the school year, it is good to give your students an overview of storyline of the Old Testament. This is to help them see the big picture and where they are at any particular point in the year. Attached is a graphic that symbolizes all the biggest events. The PowerPoint version has a key with it and one slide that numbers them. I have seen some teachers put something like this up with poster paper. You can also just print a copy for each student and have them say what each even is as if it was a quiz. I apologize that I can’t give credit to who made it because I honestly don’t know. I’ve seen this for about 20 years. If anyone knows the artist, please let me know so I can give them credit. Check out the different attachments to see what works for you.
Do you know how to make a poster from a printout like this? Most all of your ward meeting house libraries still have an old fashion overhead projector. Print the 8 by 11 page in your printer then bring to your ward’s printer in the library. Stick in an 8 by 11 piece of overhead transparency paper and copy onto it the image. Then you can project the image onto the wall or poster paper, any size you want with the projector. Then just trace the image onto the poster.
The attachment has some visuals you may want to use in your classroom. I included the PowerPoint below and there is a bit of explanation with each one below the PowerPoint page. There are about twenty 8.5 by 11 visuals. Hope you find them useful. Some of these you may want to put up in your classroom to remind your class of the central ideas. Take a look and see what works for you. I also included the PDF in case you don't have PPTX.
As I have been coordinating early morning seminary teachers, I have been hesitant to share many teaching helps that call for technology like PowerPoint presentations, because few teachers have projectors or the time to set up a lot of things before class. I don’t want to add another burden or frustration. But in the past couple of years, I have noticed a good number of teachers that will hook up their tablets or smartphones to the Ward library’s flat screen TVs to show videos they have downloaded. Also teachers have used this technique to show PowerPoint presentations, websites, and other things.
So here I am sharing a document that can help your students with Scripture Mastery. Notice the first slide hyperlinks you to all the helps for the particular Scripture Mastery. You will want to use these links because there are 10 slides of helps for each scripture mastery so the Presentation is just over 250 slides long. Thy hyperlinks also work on the PDF too. Remember to only take no more than 5 to 10 minutes a day on Scripture Mastery. Slides 3-4 show how to use this effectively.
Also, please don’t feel like you need to use this. Scripture Mastery can just as easily be taught without these helps and the documents I have shared previously to this give some good ideas how to do that. Feel free to edit this help or adjust to your needs. For this reason I am sending the PDF version and the PowerPoint presentation. Hope this helps.
Does anyone know how I could convert this to a free App? That could make it easier to use.
Recently I had sent Scripture Mastery mnemonics to help your students learn the key words to references. I discovered that I made a couple mistakes by accidently using some of the old key words, instead of the updated ones for 2015. So I have made the changes. This way, the key words align with the new SM Bookmarks and the SM Cards. So here is the link to post where the change has been made.
I also made the same changes to the weekly SM worksheets. Here is the link to those where they have also been updated.
This graphic can be used in a few ways. It can be used for helping your class learn the Old Testament books in order. Try using the song on page 114 of the Children’s Songbook to help with that.
It also can be used to show the class how the Old Testament books are grouped and how they are not in chronological order. Have your students group the books in their own scriptures on the page just before Genesis 1. The Hebrew words are what Jewish people use to refer to those things. For instance a Jewish person would call our Old Testament, the “Tanakh” rather than the Old Testament. Make sure you use the back of your throat when you say that.
When you download this, you will see it is in color and black & white. The black & white is nice because it can be blown up (cheaply) at the copy store and then you can use colored pencils and make it into a poster for your seminary wall.
Know how many books are in the Old Testament? How many letters in OLD? (3) How many letters in the word TESTAMENT? (9). Put them next to each other to make 39 books of the Old Testament. Want to know how to remember how many books in the New Testament? How many letters in NEW? (3) How many letters in the word TESTAMENT? (9). 3 * 9 = 27. So there are 27 books in the New Testament.
Most Seminary Teachers know they need to do Scripture Mastery, but many don't have any ideas how to do this consistently, and effectively. These worksheets are a great start.
To help your students truly learn the Scripture Mastery scriptures, it is best that you spend a few minutes each day learning them. Most teachers have found that it is best to spotlight one Mastery passage a week. This worksheet will help you know what to do each day with that particular scripture. You can make a copy of this worksheet for each student, OR you can use the second worksheet where you only give a strip of paper that has the passage for that week. Take a look at both downloads below. Some teachers don’t use the actual worksheet but use the method and pattern for each week.
Since the first semester Assessment test is based on the first twelve Scripture Masteries, and the second semester is based on the last thirteen, it probably is best to focus on them by semester. For that reason the worksheet is divided by semester.
If you thought getting your students to read the Doctrine and Covenants was challenging, did you know that If you took the page count of the Book of Mormon, D&C and New Testament combined, the Old Testament would STILL have more pages? Luckily your students will only be required to read selected chapters from the Old Testament. Really, it is the best of the best parts of the Old Testament. It will make the page count about the same size as the Book of Mormon or New Testament.
In order to finish, they should read about 2 pages a night, during the regular school year. But you can give your kids an advantage now in the summer by giving them one of these bookmarks that have the required reading. The book mark corresponds to the requirements on page 593 of the new Old Testament Seminary Teacher Manual. The two black squares show where they should be at the quarters and the second table (1 Samuel) is where they should be at the semester break. Hope this will help you and your students.
PS. The perforated Scripture Mastery Cards this year also have a reading chart on it. BUT it is for the entire Old Testament. Again, they are not required to read the entire book this year. Just the selections.
Here are the new Scripture Mastery mnemonics for the Old Testament. One of the most useful (yet hardest) parts of scripture mastery is helping your students to memorized the key words to the references. Mnemoics are a great way to help your students with this. The first page is instructions on how to use the mnemonics effectively. Many teachers print off the mnemonic for the week they are spotlighting that scripture mastery.
This second item is all 25 Mastery mnemonics on 2 pages. This way you can print a front/back handout for each student and they can quiz each other.
I will be posting more Scripture Mastery helps for the Old Testament this summer so stay tuned and make sure you sign up for the automated email on the right hand side of the blog page.
Hello Friends. I need your help again. Please also pass this on to anyone who might be interested.
As you know, the 25 Old Testament scripture masteries have changed significantly from 4 years ago. Because of those changes I want to ask for your creative help in figuring out new mnemonics to help students learn the references from the key words.
Good scripture mastery mnemonics have some common characteristics. There is something in the key words, that could spark and idea or image that helps you remember the reference. An example is the picture here. In the key words, the words “Clean Hands” can help you think of the Palms of your hands (Psalms). Hands should be washed daily (24 hours in a day), before the 3-4 meals each day. So that could help a student learn the reference Psalms 24:3-4.
So I would appreciate any help. I am very open to any suggestions on any of the 25, but here is the list I am really struggling with to have a powerful mnemonic:
1. Psalms 127:3 Children are an heritage of the Lord.
2. Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good.
3. Isaiah 58:6-7 The law of the fast
4. Isaiah 58:13-14 The Sabbath is the Lord’s holy day.
I also think these could be better:
· Moses 1:39 This is God’s work and glory
· Ezekiel 37:15-17 The Bible and the Book of Mormon are joined together.
Click on the link and you can see what I have so far. To give me your suggestions, you can comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We have a great seminary teacher here that make some incredible Scripture Mastery Clips to help with a doing scripture mastery or a Scripture Bowl in a stake.
The Scripture Clips DVD for D&C Church History is now available for free download!
These movie clips, TV ads and animations provide a fun, fresh and memorable approach to the Scripture Mastery verses that will have your students on the edge of their seats. This year we have appearances by The Princess Bride, the Sandlot, even Wonder Woman among many others. To learn more and to download the free videos, visit scriptureclips.wordpress.com .
Thanks for sharing Mike.
This website is intended for teachers in the North West S&I Area