Footprints - A Spiritual Journey

Your Name: Elizabeth Fish
School: Livingstone Adventist Academy
E-mail Address:
Published Date: November 14, 2010
Subject(s): Bible, English, Reading, Social Studies, Art
Intended Grade Level(s): 7-8

Extension of Spiritual Unit. Read "Taught By A Tiger" as a catalyst for discussion and "4Gvn" later on in the unit. Students then do culminating actvities/products to show understanding of Seventh-Day Adventism, its relationship to other religions, and ownership of their spiritual walk.

Pathways Theme, Goals, and Skills:
  • Spiritual Journey
  • "Taught By A Tiger"
  • Students learn about Seventh-Day Adventist Beliefs
  • Students learn to compare and contrast different world religions
  • Students gain an understanding of how a spiritual walk is a series of steps
  • Students read about and discuss the spiritual walk of others and come to terms with their own

  • Reads a variety of genres
  • Reads to obtain information
  • Uses graphic organizers
  • Gives oral reports
  • Listens to, contributes, and stays on topic when participating in disucssions; adopts appropriate language to fit situation
  • Uses reference resources, including electronic media

Faith Integration:
This lesson is strongly based on the theme "Spiritual Journey." Students will be researching other religions and comparing it to the Seventh-day Adventist faith. Through this process they will gain a better understanding of the core Adventist beliefs and how it applies to their spiritual walk. Reference the Fundamental beliefs of Adventism.

Technology Standards:

Creativity and Innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
  • apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
  • create original works as a means of personal or group expression
Communication and Collaboration: Students use ditial media and environments to communicate and work collaboratiovely, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
  • communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
  • contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems
Research and Fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
  • plan strategies to guide inquiry
  • locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media
  • evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks
  • process data and report results
Technology Operations and Concepts:Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
  • understand and use technology systems
  • select and use applications effectively and productively
  • transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies

Books, references, worksheets.


Teacher Preparation:
  • Make example Glogster Poster
  • Copy Inspiration Mind Map
  • Pull up Spiritual Foot Prints Power Point
  • Read "4GVN" and prep notes
  • Make sure available computers have the following software: Inspiration, Power Point, Word
  • Set up Guest Speaker
  • Set up Field Trip

Student Preparation:
  • Basic Word Processing Skills
  • Basic familiarity with Power Point Software
  • Be able to navigate the internet
  • Understand rubrics as assessment tools


  • The lesson will be introduced with a power point Spiritual Foot Prints.ppt on the Top Five Religions in the World.
  • In groups, students will research one of the five religions and create a power point exhibiting info about the researched religion and compare with SDA beliefs
  • Student will then present power point to class
  • Use Rubric for assessment

  • Students will be challenged to higher order thinking by comparing beliefs from Seventh-Day Adventism with the beliefs of another world religion and then map out the short term and long term effects of those beliefs.
  • The program Inspiration will be used to map out these ideas. Sample files:
  • Students will fill out mind map and use for discussion in class.
  • Assessment of paper and participation in discussion at the discretion of the teacher.

  • Read the book by and about Willy Ramos "4GVN".
  • Discuss how his spiritual journey is similar or different to those of the characters in "Taught By A Tiger".
  • Create a glog(an online interactive poster book report) about this book or another person's spiritual journey.
  • Present glog/posters to class.
  • Use Rubric for assessment.

  • Ask a local Seventh-Day Adventist pastor to come to the classroom to discuss and answer questions about our religion.
  • Have students compile questions prior to visit and participate in discussion with the pastor.
  • Assessment of student participation and question preparation at the discretion of the teacher.

  • Go to local shelter/mission and hear testimony from individuals about their own spiritual walk.
  • Volunteer and help out where needed.

Differentiated Instruction:
  • Group students by pairing higher level with lower level students.
  • Extend deadlines or reduce expected product results for students with special needs.

Multiple Intelligences: How will you address at least 4 of the multiple intelligences?
  1. Linguistic (word smart)
    • Fill out Inspiration Mind Map for discussion about religions
    • Work on Glog/Poster involves use of words
    • Read and analyze information for Power Point Project
  2. Logical-Mathematical (math smart)
    • Read and understand chart of world religion and percentages
  3. Spatial (picture smart)
    • Work on Glog/Poster involves the choice of graphics
    • Fill out Inspiration Mind Map graphics organizer
    • Creation of Power Point graphics and slide show
  4. Bodily-Kinesthetic (body smart)
    • Volunteer at Homeless shelter/mission which usually involves a physical activity
  5. Interpersonal (people smart)
    • Work with a group on the World Religions Power Point
    • Volunteer at Homeless shelter/mission and work with classmates on the outreach activity
  6. Intrapersonal (self smart)
    • Work with yourself and analyze your own belief system for the Inspiration Mind Map discussion
    • Create your own set of religious questions for Guest Pastor
  7. Existentialist (wondering smart)
    • Work with yourself and analyze your own belief system for the Inspiration Mind Map discussion
    • Create your own set of religious questions for Guest Pastor

Classroom Management and Decoration:

  • Display a chart of the Top Five World Religions
  • Hang a copy of the poem "Footprints In the Sand" or footprint cut outs
  • Include tiger paw prints to tie in "Taught By A Tiger" book
  • Have a student created Bulletin Board comparing "Taught By A Tiger" and "4GVN" (include pics and graphics from both)
  • Books will be kept in a basket on the shelf (assigned to students by numbers)
  • Activities will be organized in booklet form that will be handed out to the students at the beginning of the unit. It will included teacher created assignments & copies of assignments from Pathways curriculum.
  • Additional papers and assignments will be handed out and posted online (

Assessment/Evaluation: Rubrics will be used to assess each project. Credit fgiven for in-class discussions and presentations determined by the teacher.

While working on this unit I read the book by and about Willy Ramos "4GVN". It really inspired me to look at the steps I have taken in my own spiritual journey and to encourage my students to do the same.