Saturday, August 16, 2014

Seminary: Fill-in-the-Blank Church History Map

What a blessing & incredible journey this new Seminary calling has already been! It is amazing to me, how invested I already feel in these students and their gospel learning.
Heavenly Father is guiding this work. How amazing it is that He, who created the Heavens and the Earth, cares about the day to day experiences of 18 high school students and 1 teacher. 
His is truly a remarkable work.

I have  been the beneficiary of so many awesome Seminary & scripture study resources. I wanted to add a few to the mix, in an effort to "pay-it-forward" for resources I have used.

Being that we are studying Doctrine & Covenants and Church History this year, I felt it was important for the students to understand where all of the revelations and historical events occured. As a high schooler, I remember being so confused by who was in Missouri and who was in Ohio... Winter Quarters was where? And Council Bluffs was what? Ohio was after Missouri but before Nauvoo? And what happened in Susquehanna County and Fayette, New York?

In a effort to help my students better understand what happened where, I created a visual for each of the students to glue into their journals.

I thought it would be fun, and more meaningful, to have them discover the names of each location, as well as what happened there. I created a map of the United States with bullet points over each important location. I connected the location to a scripture and a blank line. (For those locations without scriptures, I handed out "Historical Facts" to teach what happened. Those are included should you choose to download.)
The students were split up into groups. I asked each group to be in charge of finding a few of the locations. Then, I had members of each group teach about each location and what happened there.

To download the Student Work Sheet click here.

I hope this will be a good reference for the students as we progress throughout the year. They seemed to enjoy filling out their personal copies and teaching their classmates. At the very least, it got them talking to one another and flipping through the pages of their scriptures!