Why is this posted at my software site?
Because this is one of several original articles about the Workshop Rotation Model by yours truly kept at this site. Most of my rotation articles are now in the Articles section of www.rotation.org. The following article about “scope and sequence” has been updated here at Sunday Software.
DEFINITION: A “Scope and Sequence” is the list of Bible stories you plan to teach over a period of years in Sunday School.
Computer labs need them. All Sunday Schools need them. So how do you come up with one?
We in the Workshop Rotation Model had to invent our own lists because we were only teaching 8 to 12 stories a year. This is because we teach each of those stories for four to five weeks in a row. This is in stark contrast to the traditional publisher’s ridiculous concept of changing the story every single week! Most of our Sunday School kids need more than one week to develop long-term lesson memory. Changing the story every week also places a huge burden on the average teacher, and almost ensures burn-out or boring lessons.
I wrote my original list for my OWN church, and have since shared it with many others. Folks wanted to know how we “came up with our list”, so I wrote about some of our ASSUMPTIONS, PRINCIPLES, and IDEAS behind our list. Some of my principles and decisions may surprise you, especially if you’re new to the Rotation Model.
There are other Rotation Scopes and Sequences out there. Funny thing is, they look very similar to ours because there is a wide consensus about which 30 to 40 Bible stories children should know by heart. That said, there is no one “right list” or right way to organize your list. I have changed our list several times, and so will you. I hope my discussion and list inspires your own! If you’re unfamiliar with Rotation Model, read my Brief Intro to the Workshop Rotation Model.
Neil MacQueen, www.sundaysoftware.com
(a.k.a. “5 or 6 Year Curriculum Plan”)
for the Workshop Rotation Model
plus…”My Suggested Scope and Sequence of Lessons”
by Neil MacQueen
Table of Contents:
- My assumptions about teaching
- What is Scope, how many years, etc.
- What does Sequence really mean?
- How to Create a Scope and Sequence
- My Five Year Scope and Sequence