A three-step Composite Model* for teaching Scripture in the classroom draws on elements of a number of existing methodologies. It can provide a useful framework for making sense of the range of approaches.
Prepare to hear the Word
Students ‘tune in’ to the Scripture text with basic information such as its literary genre, historical context, relevant cultural and geographical details.
Hear and encounter the Word
This is a direct engagement with the Scripture passage by listening to its telling (perhaps with visual aids), then reading the written word with a critical eye to its various elements: e.g., the story’s plot, events, personalities, dialogue, and structural elements. This step encourages students to ask pointed questions, note their reactions, search out potential meanings and propose plausible interpretations.
Respond to the Word
Finally, students ask, ‘So what?’ and make a personal response to their biblical learning. This might be a prayer, an action, a journal entry, a drawing or a response to an open-ended question.