Navigating the Old Testament

Our session this past Tuesday went very well. The focus of the class was to review the stories that we learned from the Old Testament this year and to locate them in the Bible.

We began by inviting each student to recall the name of someone we learned about in the Old Testament this year. Every student recalled someone and we had a good list of names on the board: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Solomon, Ezekiel, etc.

Next, we distributed the following worksheet:

Bible Bookmark Review worksheet

Bible Bookmark Review worksheet answer key

We worked together as a large group, locating each story as Joanne and I walked around to literally make sure that we were all on the same page. It helped that they were looking in only one section at a time using the Bible Bookmarks from my book, The Bible Blueprint. They were able to locate the passages fairly quickly.

Bible Bookmarks

After we completed the worksheet together, we collected them and then I called out the name of a story one at a time to see who could located it first in the Bible…the race was on and I awarded $1 to the winner of each “round.” They had a lot of fun doing this and were getting pretty good at locating important stories in the Bible with only one clue: which section it could be found in (Pentateuch, History, Wisdom, Prophets).

It was comforting to see that they had acquired the skill of locating some of the most important Old Testament stories in the Bible.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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