Why pray? This lesson examines three primary purposes of Jewish prayer: praise, supplication and thanks. Even before reading the texts of the sample prayers, the lesson’s hooks draw learners into grouping words we use everyday into the categories of praise, supplication and thanks, and composing short prayers based on those words. Following this, using the jigsaw technique, students will study samples of prayers that represent the categories mentioned above. The Types of Prayer template (see attachment below) is a thought provoking exercise in which the students are able to position themselves across the spectrum of praise, supplication and thanks, and discuss how to incorporate these mindsets into their day to day lives.
The learner will:
Understand how the three main categories of Jewish prayer can help strengthen our connection to God and deepen our bond to and responsibility for others.
know that Jewish prayer consists of three main categories of prayer: praise, supplication and thanks and be familiar with examples of these texts
be able to post their individual prayers on the classroom “prayer tree”
When you click on the Jewish Education by Design resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:
Essential questions that get to the “heart” of the learning
A hook/s to open the lesson in an engaging fashion and spark the learners’ curiosity
In depth discussion questions that are designed to elicit conceptual thinking and personal reflections about the featured source/s
Suggested activities that enable the students to both process and apply what was learned in a thought provoking and creative fashion
Further Study option/s linked to JEBD sources and related links
Student handouts, art supplies for “prayer tree”