Why Study the Bible Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has worked in Elementary Education since 1993 - both as a classroom teacher and administrator. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Why do people study the Bible? In this lesson plan, students learn reasons why even non-religious readers can and like to study the Bible. Students will also participate in a mock debate.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson plan, students will:

  • Discuss reasons people read and study the Bible
  • Participate in a mock debate


This lesson plan will take 60-75 minutes and may require a second day for group debates to take place.

Curriculum Standards


Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.


Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.


Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.


Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.


  • Printed copies of the related lesson, Why Study the Bible? (one for each student)
  • Access to the quiz
  • Copy of the Bible
  • Students may need pencil/paper and/or computer access for group activity

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