Teaching Torah Bag of Tricks

  • When planning: write it all out for yourself.
  • Write what you will say word-for-word
  • Use visuals: acting out, pictures
  • Bookending: use a personal story to begin with, save the end of the story until the end
  • Have the students write a letter from one character to another
  • Concept map of a certain story or character: summary, feelings and growth
  • Key words should be in Hebrew!
  • Literary criticism with children: take two books about one story, read and compare. Introduce the idea that the bible had different authors
  • Torah Project Commentary: instead of personalization, they can research various commentary for that parsha (Rashi, Maimonides, Talmud, other commentaries), and include one that they like (in their own words) on their templates
  • Bibliodrama: asking people to step into the roles of characters. Example: Rivkah asking Yaakov to trick Yitzhak for the blessing. (improv, take a powerful moment from the story)