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How to Teach Christian Character This Thanksgiving

Posted By The Foundation for American Christian Education, Wednesday, November 05, 2014


Everyone loves stories, and telling stories is one of the most powerful ways to teach. It was the teaching method modeled by Jesus throughout the Gospels and proved to be one of the most instructive ways He mentored the disciples.

The Thanksgiving season is the opportune time to teach the much-loved, Christian history classic, The Courtship of Miles Standish. This story, relayed in the form of poetry, takes place in the Plymouth Colony around 1620 when the Pilgrims were struggling to survive during those early years of sacrifice. It is filled with ideals that delight, instruct and indelibly imprint on the heart a love of the Pilgrims.

At one time, this story was taught as part of every curriculum when God was honored in our schools. The poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of the most loved and recited American poets, was based upon well-known tradition. Longfellow was a direct descendent of the Pilgrim John Alden.

Each canto overflows with the beauty of tried and proven Christian character and is filled with Biblical imagery. Teaching and learning this masterpiece of literature and poetry, using the Teacher Guide will help students by:

  • Building the habit of scholarship
  • Encouraging a lifelong love of poetry
  • Affirming the value and inspiration of the Bible
  • Building Biblical reasoning
  • Cultivating an elevated vocabulary
  • Inspiring student writing
  • Inspiring art work using Longfellow’s rich setting descriptions
  • Inspiring musical compositions and lyrics
  • Inspiring the writing and production of a dramatic presentation of the Pilgrims

This Thanksgiving season introduce your students to one of the most cherished and instructive episodes in America’s Christian history. Bless your family with the incomparable story from our legacy of Christian character and God’s providence.

The Courtship of Miles Standish Teacher Guide and Poem, The Puritan Pastoral by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. For use in the Principle Approach, Teaching and Learning of America’s Christian History through Literature. Includes preparation for teaching the poem, biographical and historical background, study guide for teaching the poem including leading questions, themes, suggestions for composition writing and artwork, references and the complete poem is included. Also included are pages for reproduction for student use and notebooks.

The Courtship of Miles Standish Teacher Guide and Poem, 85 pages, soft cover, black and white illustrations, maps, charts. Regular pr
ice of $19.95 now on sale at 20% off for only $15.97 through November 30, 2014. Click here to order and use code BMFW11 at checkout to receive your discount.

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