confirmation composition

If you were asking confirmation students (grades 8-12, boys and girls) to think/write about their lives without being overtly spiritual about it at first go, what would you ask? How would you write the prompt? This can’t be too onerous, but it should be thoughtful. We will be trying to help them see the God part as we go along, but we want to get them thinking.

I’m thinking maybe break your life into 3? 4? 7? (they seem young for a whole 7) segments, title each segment, and then write a few sentences about one significant event in that segment…

There could also be a list of prompts from which to choose: favorite teacher/coach/friend and why; a time you won something; a time you lost something; a pet and what you learned; a church activity that was memorable; etc.

There a many ways to do this. Any thoughts? What would you ask? (Kristin? Meg?)

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5 Responses to confirmation composition

  1. deanna Long says:

    Good use of Bookgirl!!!

  2. This is a really good question! In the past I’ve asked youth and confirmands to first create a map of their lives so far, complete with symbols for the important people, places, and events that they have encountered along the way. The writing is then a description for someone looking at the map. Extra ideas they can add if they’re looking for help: 2 people who have inspired them along the way. A very challenging situation that they had to work through. A (personal) talent they discovered. A special gift they received. A surprise. Etc…

  3. I like the idea of breaking it into threes–connection to the Trinity and all that. I like the idea of asking them when/where they were most aware of God and also who/what was important to them. Maybe the when/where they were most aware of God piece could come later. I’m assuming you’ve got some time with these kids.

    I also love having people interview their family members and/or other older church folks with similar questions. I want people to get in the habit of asking our elders for their stories while we still have those older people with them.

    We had children interview adult church members during coffee hour once and it worked really well. There were some cranky people who didn’t want to go along with us, but most people understood what we were trying to do.

    If you’ve got magazines that you don’t mind people ripping up, I think some sort of collaging technique could work well. That way people who can’t draw can work with images, and those who don’t like to write have a way to express themselves. And collaging can lead to interesting surprises from our subconscious.

    I think I’ll write a blog post too. And I’m sorry I’m late to answering your post. It’s been moving week at work, which has been more chaotic than anticipated.

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