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This page is part of the Death of Jesus curriculum unit.

Work program

Suggested lesson plans are available for each session at the following pages:

DJ1 | DJ2 | DJ3 | DJ4 | DJ5 | DJ6 | DJ7 | DJ8


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Suggestions for Lesson One

This lesson should be used to establish your students’ existing knowledge about the death of Jesus and to set the expectations for this unit of work.

1. A written quiz (download it here) could be used to establish what information, accurate or otherwise, students presently have about the death of Jesus. These will need to be collected so you can review them.

2. Introduce students to the unit, including the idea of them adopting the persona of a forensic detective or an investigative journalist, and make sure they are clear about the assessment arrangements and your expectations.

3. Media segment: At this point you may wish to use the introductory segment from the BBC series, Son of God.

4. If time allows, you could use a series of oral questions to check their knowledge of Holy Week and Easter, which is a slightly different focus from their knowledge of Jesus’ death. The following list may provide some suggestions, as well as providing a checklist for your own preparations:

  • Holy Week and the 40 days of Lent
  • Easter and the Jewish festival of Passover
  • Determining the date of Easter (the Sunday after the first full moon on or after the day of the vernal equinox)
  • What does Palm Sunday celebrate and how is it different from other Sundays?
  • What happened during the last week of Jesus’ life?
  • How do different groups of Christians observe Holy Week?
  • What is special about Maundy Thursday and how is it observed by different churches?
  • The great vigil
  • What is special about Good Friday and how is it celebrated by different groups?
  • What happens on Easter Eve or perhaps at dawn on Easter morning?
  • What do Christians celebrate on Easter Day and how do they do it?
  • Why do we refer to the Fifty Days of Easter?