Bible Study Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Looking for an effective way to instruct students on Bible study? has just the answer in the form of an interactive text lesson paired with group analysis and discussion.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the structure and contents of the Bible
  • identify and analyze the literary elements contained within the Bible


1 hour


  • Bibles
  • Sticky note flags

Curriculum Standards


Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.


Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.


  • Pass out the Bibles, one for each student.
  • Now ask students to read the introduction and Why Study the Bible? sections of the text lesson Why Study the Bible?.
  • Next, have each student locate at least five of the 66 books mentioned in the text lesson within their bibles, marking them with the sticky note flags. Discuss these as a class in terms of names, similarities and differences.
  • Within the lesson, have the students read the sections: The Bible Relates to Human Interest and The Bible Contains Various Literary Genres.
  • Ask the students to use their bibles to locate the examples of literary genres listed in the text lesson under the section head: The Bible Contains Various Literary Genres. Have the students identify them with their sticky note flags. Discuss the examples as a class along with the meaning of each (e.g. apocalyptic, epistles, and so on).
  • Now have the students read the text lesson section entitled: The Bible Contains Great Examples of Literary Conflict.
  • Once again, have students use their bibles to locate and mark with a sticky note flag each example of conflict listed in the text lesson.
  • Have students read the text lesson sections: The Bible Uses a Variety of Literary Techniques and Lesson Summary.
  • Using their bibles once more, ask them to mark with flags each example of literary techniques mentioned in the lesson. Define each of these techniques then discuss the different examples and how they use the literary technique (e.g. apostrophe, hyperbole, and so on).


  • Watch one of the many cinematic interpretations of the events depicted in the Bible. Does the movie match up with the Bible? What are the similarities? Differences?
  • Have students pick one story from the Bible to read and summarize in modern language for the class.

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