Class Project: Reset a Favorite Bible Story

Your assignment, due Dec. 11 (Monday sessions) or Dec. 13 (Wednesday sessions), 2006 (but it would be a good idea to do it sooner), is to take a story from Holy Scripture (the Bible) and set it in today's time and in your life in Oak Forest or Tinley Park. Of course, the events will be different (for example, we don't ride chariots or have slaves in today's time), but the moral, or the main point, of the story MUST STAY THE SAME as it is in the biblical version.


First, pick a story to use as a base. About 12 possible stories are retold in the links below, but you're not limited to this list. You can choose from some perfectly delightful stories in the list entitled "those you have to read yourself." For this list, check out your Bible, and go to the chapter and verses listed. It would probably be a good idea to choose one from the first list, though, since then, you can read the moral and also have the story told in words that are more understandable to people who live in 2005.

Next, do your research. Read the summary from the link below, but also read your story in the Bible. Once you think you understand the story, test yourself, or have someone else (like your parent) test you on what happens in the story. It is most important that you understand the events that make up the plot in the story, so that you can translate properly into today's time.

Once you know the story very well, now it's time to use your imagination. Make up a story from your life that matches up the details of your plot with the important details from the plot of the Bible story.

Finally, write your first draft. Remember some of the important things in storytelling... such as a lot of details. Don't just write about what people say, but paint a picture about their body language, the eye contact, and how they communicate with others. The best stories are the ones that include the most details, meaning, specific information.

Go back as often as you want to make it better. If you want to send me a rough draft, which won't count, I will look at it and tell you what I think and where it might be possible to make improvements. Send it by email if you want.

Teacher: Paul Katula,, (630) 362-6542.


Noah's Ark and the Flood, Genesis 6-8
The Tall Tower of Babel, Genesis 11
Jacob Cons Dad Out of Esau's Blessing, Genesis 27
Joseph Tempted by Potiphar's Wife, Genesis 39

Moses and the Burning Bush, Exodus 3-5
Worshiping a Golden Calf, Exodus 32
Story of Ruth, Ruth 1-4
David and Goliath, 1 Samuel 17

Prophet Rescued from Ugly Death, Jeremiah 38:1-13
Daniel in the Lion's Den, Daniel 6
Jonah and the Whale, Jonah 1-4

Good Samaritan, Luke 10:30-37
Four Men on the Roof, Matthew 9:1-8


God Created the World, Genesis 1
The Fall of Man for a Piece of Fruit, Genesis 2-3
Adam and Eve's Son Murders Brother, Genesis 4-5
Abraham's Third Covenant and True Trust, Genesis 22
Joseph Sold into Slavery, Genesis 37
Joseph Saves His Family, Genesis 45
Moses in the Basket, Exodus 2
Moses and the Ten Plagues, Exodus 7-11
We Are Outta Here! Over the Red Sea, Exodus 12-14
The Talking Donkey, Numbers 22:21-35
The Walls of Jericho, Joshua 6:1-20

Gideon Defeats the Midianites, Judges 6-8
Samson, Judges 13:5, 14:5-6
David and Jonathan, 1 Samuel 18:1-4, 20:1-42
Birds Feed Elijah, 1 Kings 17:1-17
Esther, Esther 2:16 - 9:19
A Woman's Beauty Defeats an Army, Judith (apocr.) 16

Baby Jesus, Luke 2:1-20
Jesus as a Boy in the Temple, Luke 2:41-52
John the Baptist, Matthew 3:1-16
John Baptizes Jesus, Matthew 3:13-17; John 1:29-34
Jesus Was a Teacher, Mt 5:1-2, 14-16, 42-47; 6; 13:10-16
Jesus Calms the Storm, Matthew 8:23-27
Jesus Helps Jairus's Daughter, Luke 8:40-55
Jesus Feeds a Lot of People, John 6:1-14
The Lost Lamb, Luke 15:1-7
Jesus Turns Water into Wine, John 2:1-11
The Prodigal Son Returns, Luke 15:11-32
Lazarus and the Rich Man, Luke 16:19-31
Zacchaeus Climbs a Tree, Luke 19:1-6
Planting Seeds in the Right Place, Matthew 13:10-23
Jesus Rides a Donkey, Matthew 21:1-11
The Last Supper, Mark 14:22-26
Risen Lord on the Road to Emmaus, Luke 24:13-32
Paul Writes while Waiting for Nero, Acts 28


My students last year wrote some absolutely terrific stories, and they gave me permission to put them online. You can't copy these stories, but if you want to read some VERY CREATIVE writing the link is HERE.


Our main CCD (7th-grade) Web site is HERE.