TeenText Archive - Samples & Guidelines for Grades 6-8 & 9-12

Where God's Story and Teens' Stories Connect

The lectionary-based TEENTEXT GRADES 9-12 resource helps older youth connect the text on the page with events in their daily lives. TEENTEXT GRADES 6-8 is written for younger teens. These resources guide students into the text, and through a series of open-ended, text-related questions, they begin to see the Bible as a vital, dynamic relevant resource--one that can inform them throughout their lives. These resources enable any interested and committed adult to facilitate the discussions, since the leaders aren't expected to have THE answer, or to be Biblical scholars or theologians. They simply need to be good listeners and open to their own spiritual growth. This process also allows the students to share leadership. 

 The resources:

  • Engage the learner
  • Honor life experience and the wisdom of stories
  • Stimulate critical reflection
  • Initiate responsible choice-making
  • Encourage personal and social transformation
  • Create vital connections between the individual and universal patterns

 How It Works

TeenText  is different! Instead of providing youth with answers that "come from the Bible", these resources meet the students where they are--grappling eagerly and passionately with growing up, becoming who they are. In this educational setting the student is the curriculum, not the written study guide.

An example: On a recent Sunday, only one youth showed up for the discussion. I knew he had a role in a school musical and asked him how it went. After he talked about it a while, I asked him to sing his part for me. He did. And then I asked how he felt his acting and singing related to a portion of the text for the day, “Glorify me so I may glorify you.” The discussion continued around how his talents might help him glorify his parents, his sister and himself.

TeenText helps youth connect the text with their lives by helping them get out of their heads and into their hearts. The format encourages their ownership and continued exploration and application beyond the classroom. Meeting them where they are lowers barriers and invites connection.

Daily Reflection Questions help keep students connected to the text during the week. We suggest that the students set aside a bit of time each day to re-connect to the themes and questions that arise from the scripture.

Each session is organized around questions in three main categories:

  • What’s happening here? (Setting? Actors? Action? Theme?)
  • How is this happening in my world today? (Literally? Metaphorically?)
  • How is this happening in my life today? (Literally? Metaphorically?)

The lectionary-based TeenText process helps high school youth (9th-12th grades) connect the text on the page with events in their daily lives. Through discussions guided by a series of open-ended, text-related questions, they begin to see the Bible as a vital, dynamic relevant resource--one that can inform them throughout their lives. And the TeenText process enables any interested/ committed adult to facilitate the discussions, since they aren't expected to have THE answer, or to be Biblical scholars or theologians. They simply need to be good listeners and open to their own spiritual growth. 

There are 12 monthly issues of TeenText per year.  Each issue contains all the Sundays for that month. TeenText is delivered via email.

A TeenText subscription includes 12 issues per year delivered via email. Each issue covers all the Sundays in that month.

The lectionary-based TeenText process helps middle school youth (6th-8th grades) connect the text on the page with events in their daily lives using the Contemporary English Version text. Through discussions guided by a series of open-ended, text-related questions, they begin to see the Bible as a vital, dynamic relevant resource--one that can inform them throughout their lives. And the TeenText process enables any interested/ committed adult to facilitate the discussions, since they aren't expected to have THE answer, or to be Biblical scholars or theologians. They simply need to be good listeners and open to their own spiritual growth. 

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