Easy Template for Building a Lesson – Look

September 10, 2012

Curriculum, Teacher Training

Hook/Book/Look/Took – This is an easy template for building a Sunday School lesson. We have already looked at hook and book. There are quick links to those posts at the bottom of this article. Now it’s time to talk about “Look.”

This section of the lesson is about implications.

“The next step the teacher must plan for in the lesson preparation process involves guiding the class to discover and grasp the relationship of the truth just studied to daily living.” (Creative Bible Teaching, Lawrence Richards)

This is what most people call application. It is important to note that the look part is group application. The last part of the lesson preparation, called took, is the personal application each student takes away from the class.

The Book section is primarily “head” stuff. The lesson is not over until you build a bridge for kids between the theoretical and the practical. Now, you are teaching to reach the heart. I can’t stress enough how important this is. We are teaching for change/transformation. For that to happen we need to help the kids see how the Bible applies to them personally. We need to help them answer the question, “What difference does this make in my life?”

The Bible Must be Applied as God Intended

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

In the look section of the lesson, help the kids see how the Scripture you have studied is useful. Is there a teaching they can follow? Maybe there is a rebuke or a correction your class can learn and follow. How does this passage train your class to be righteous?

The application is about making the truth usable. By the time the kids leave the classroom, they should know how to act on the truth they have heard.  And that is the took part of the lesson.

In upcoming posts, I will teach you how to prepare the application part of your lesson.

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I am passionate about Jesus and kids and the people who work with kids in the church. I want to help empower children’s ministry volunteers – especially those who work in small and rural churches.

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