This 11 page packet is exactly the type of activity that will be, not only original, but most helpful to the students. Most teachers have students creating their own resolutions and writing about it. Yes, we want our students to have resolutions….but this is something that they most likely do every year. So it becomes mundane to them, and perhaps they are not writing their resolutions from the heart. So this activity has a total different spin on New Year's Resolutions.
Imagine if Jesus were to appear in front of the world and assign our Resolutions? What would he assign to you? To me? The students will be given a list of topics….anger, frustration, cooperation, trust, relationship with God etc. You can assign the topics of have them choose. They will use the Bible to find out what it has to say about the topic. And then they will write up the resolution as if Jesus is telling it to the world….using scripture. So the kids will be using their Bibles, finding scripture related to an issue, quoting it, explaining it in their own words, and writing it from the perspective of Jesus as if he is saying it. It's a powerful activity, that works wonders in my classroom. The packet includes a printable in which the students will write their final copy on. It has Jesus holding the Resolution in his arms. WHAT A BULLETIN BOARD THIS MAKES!!! People always comment on it! And in the process, the kids learn how to use the Bible to help with an issue.
I also included this to do from a Saintly point of view, if you choose to have your students combine Saint Research to write the resolution for the world from the saint based on his/her experiences. Additionally, I wrote this up for you so that you can use it for ALL SAINTS DAY or any time of the year that you want to focus on Saints….so instead of using resolution…I went with Saintly advice.
I hope this works as well with your class as it does with mine. I try to model going to the Bible whenever there is a problem. This is a good jumping off point to model it. I actually hung up a poster that has lots of topics pertinent to my age group (frustration, anger, cooperation, kind words etc.) and where we can find them in the Bible. I put the heading, "Got a Problem? Ask God." So when a situation occurs, I say…"Let's ask God." We look at the topic, find where to go, I read it aloud, and have quick discussion. THIS has worked wonders in my classroom….and in my own life as well!
May God Bless you and your students!!