My Top Ten Favorite Lessons: #3

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I hope you’re enjoying this little excursion down memory lane as I recall some of my favorite lessons that I’ve taught and posted about here on Catechist’s Journey.

Today, we go back to my days of teaching eighth grade/Confirmation prep and a lesson—actually a series of lessons—on getting to know who Jesus is. We presume, too often, that kids know the story of Jesus. We forget that we have absorbed the story of Jesus over many years but that kids have only picked up bits and pieces over their short lives. The purpose of this lesson, “Jesus, I Want to Get to Know You,” was to provide the kids with a good solid overview of Jesus and his world, his people, his ministry, and his words and actions.

I spent several weeks on this lesson with the kids working in pairs using laptop computers and their Bibles to arrange and fill in information for segments of a PowerPoint presentation that I created. The segments included: the world of Jesus and the people of Jesus; the words and actions of Jesus; and the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.

I then completed the slideshow and used it to teach a lesson as the kids took notes in a little booklet I created for each of them.

I don’t think we can ever spend enough time exploring the Person of Jesus Christ, and I think it helps to not always provide that in snippets but to do it in a concentrated fashion. Here is the link to this lesson: Jesus, I Want to Get to Know You.

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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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