Reciprocal Teaching Example
Stage 2 Old Testament, “Writings of the Old Testament”
Complete a reciprocal teaching activity to study the synopsis of David’s story
( adapted from the Scripture in Context):
About 1200, the group who had escaped from Egypt finally settled in the land of Canaan. The Hebrew group became settled in the centre of this country. The book of Joshua describes the epic of their settlement, all the time focusing upon the idea that their conquest of the land was a gift from God. The twelve tribes of Israel divided roughly into three groups (around Galilee, in Samaria and south of Jerusalem). Their bond was loose, but sometimes they supported each other if they were being threatened by outside groups. Threats by groups such as the Ammonites and the Philistines made them realise that they needed to unite so that they would be strong as a group.
David, the youngest son of Jesse was a shepherd boy who was anointed by Samuel to be leader as wished by God. The story of David and Goliath is a story that tells us of David’s courage and valour. There had been some unsuccessful kingships, but eventually David was elected king of the south and then later as king of the north. Some of the people worried because they thought that YHWH ( God) should be the only king. The prophet Nathan came up with the idea that David as King should be anointed and each of his successors should be consecrated as Sons of God.
David placed the Ark of the Covenant (the special box which held God’s law) in Jerusalem, which became the capital of the nation. The Ark of the Covenant had been regarded as the place of divine presence since the time of Exodus. David was also a military leader who brought other tribes into his kingdom, and these people then benefited from the covenant with God. David’s son, Solomon followed David as king. He was an excellent governor, although sometimes very powerful. After Solomon’s death, his son Rehoboam was not able to rule effectively and the kingdom was divided again, the united kingdom had lasted only 70 years.
By 933 there were two kingdoms, the southern kingdom or Judah had Jerusalem as its capital and all its kings were descendants of David. The northern kingdom or Israel had Samaria as its capital and none of its kings descended from David.
The passage should be read in groups / or as a class a paragraph at a time. Have a childrens’ Bible, a dictionary and a map of the Holy land for the children to use as a resource. After each paragraph, ask children: