Chana’s Anguish and Triumph, Part 3
In this lesson, students will analyze the relationships and emotions in the Chana story by reenacting the scene in either skit or pantomime form.
The student will be able to:
- Describe Elkana and his family (1:1-2).
- Outline the family’s yearly trip to Shilo, including Elkana’s and Penina’s behavior toward Chana (1:3-8).
- Relate the encounter between Eli and Chana (1:9-18).
- Describe the birth and naming of Shmuel (1:19-20).
- Describe the fulfillment of Chana’s promise (1:21-28).
- Describe Chana’s prayer of thanks to God (2:1-10).
- Describe Chana’s feelings throughout the story.
Students will be able to:
- Review the text in groups.
- Study selected commentaries in groups.
- Analyze the text for greater understanding.
Students will appreciate:
- The importance of showing gratitude.
- The importance of prayer when in time of need.
- The importance of treating others with respect.
- The value of being persistent.
- The value of recognizing another person’s emotional needs and acting accordingly.
- Divide the class into groups of three students each.
- Distribute selected verses and commentaries (see appendix) to each group.
- Each group should learn their assigned verses and commentaries in depth and prepare one of the following assignments, using the rubrics in lesson 4 to guide them.
- Pantomime (Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence) The group prepares a pantomime of an imaginary conversation between various characters in the text. Each pantomime should be given an appropriate title.
– Penina and Chana (Suffer and Sufferer: Penina’s Pain and Chana’s Anguish);
– Chana and God, conversation 1 (The Anguished) and 2 (Tefilat Chana – The Triumph);
– Eli and Chana – conversation 1 (Not Drunk, Just in Pain) and 2 (I Have Returned – With My Son)
- Drama (Interpersonal Intelligence) The group prepares a short skit on one of the topics below. Each skit should be given an appropriate title.
– Chana and Penina (Penina’s Pain)
– Chana and Elkana (Why Doesn’t He Understand My Sorrow?)
– Chana praying or crying alone (I Have No One Left to Turn to)
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