Incorporating the Bible
into Language Arts Curriculum
For our Christian homeschoolers, incorporating the Bible
into curriculum is often very important. Apart from
moral and spiritual guidance, the Bible is a great piece of
literature from which one can make many great comprehension,
spelling, and other language arts exercises. Here, we
have compiled some of the ways that you could use the Bible
in your language arts curriculum, incorporating the
philosophies of AVKO.
For many of the following lesson ideas,
Bible Gateway is
a great online resource as a concordance and host of several
full translations of the Bible.
Reading for Comprehension:
- Lesson: Parallel Translations
- How: Take a verse or passage and read it
in two or more translations (King James, New King
James, New International Version, etc.). Focus
on synonyms and how subtle or drastic the change in
meaning can be. This is especially striking if
you use more than two versions of each passage.
- Teaches: This will teach synonyms and
vocabulary as well as reinforcing the idea of proper
word choice to get across an intended meaning.
- Lesson: Parables
- How: Read the various parables of the
Gospels one at a time and analyze them for the
literal and figurative meanings.
- Teaches: This will reinforce the idea of
multiple layers of meaning -- that which is said and
that which is referred or alluded to. These
stories are great for assessing the level of
comprehension that your students have achieved in
what they are reading.
- Lesson: Proverbs
- How: Read a proverb and analyze what it
means. Or, write a paragraph about how it applies
to (your) life. E.g. Proverbs 26:23 (NIV): "Like a
coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips
with an evil heart" or Proverbs 27:14 (NIV): "If a
man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the
morning, it will be taken as a curse."
Verses website has top proverbs with multiple
translations at the click of a mouse.
- Teaches: Reinforces literal versus
figurative meaning as well as teaching metaphor and
- Lesson: Word Search
- How: Search the Word for words in the
day's word family being studied. Use a
concordance to look up the day's words and see how
it is used in context. These could be used as
the sentence context for when the words are given in
the spelling tests for those mentioned in the Bible.
- Teaches: Reinforces vocabulary by giving
a naturalistic context(s) for the words.
- Lesson: Dictation
- How: Dictate the chosen verse or passage
and have your student write it out or type it.
You could choose to do a passage that has a word
from the word family you are working on (see "Word
Search" above) and have it be the main focus of the
sentence, or focus on the entire sentence.
- Teaches: Reinforces the word family's
spelling; reinforces the translation of spoken
English to written English; reinforces punctuation
rules as the punctuation will have to be inferred
and placed correctly.
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