Grade 6 – Kitah Vav 11.15.15
Posted on November 18, 2015
Last Sunday, Kitah Vav created individual pages for a comic book based on the story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho; this Sunday, a copy of the complete comic book was given to each student to take home. Once we had looked through the book we made together, we spent the rest of class focusing on the story of Deborah, the only female judge mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Before addressing the story’s plot, the students were introduced to the characters: Deborah, the judge and prophet; Barak, the Israelite military commander; Jabin, the King of Canaan; Sisera, the commander of the Canaanite army, and Yael, the Kenite woman who unexpectedly secures the Israelites’ victory. Each student was given a character to get to know individually; we spent time in our character’s shoes and explored character traits and motivational factors before turning to the plot. Students were encouraged to listen to the story through the ears of the character they had spent time with beforehand, and to see how this affected their reading of the story. We will continue to work with characterization and motivation as we move forward through Prophets and Judges.