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December 6, 2017

Going Back to Middle School


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There are many lessons to be learned in middle school. One such lesson is found in studying middle school literature.

This week’s Whiteboard Wednesday is brought to you by Dan Ackerman, Executive Leader for Zeeland Classis of the RCA. Dan will tell you of his recent experience reading middle school literature and the lessons he gleaned from it.

He starts with three observations about middle school literature:

  • They have to focus on the story.

With only about 245 pages, they need to unpack characters, the plot, and the whole story. Therefore, focusing on the story is very important.

  • They have to be concise.

Again, middle school literature must pack a lot of information with a limited amount of space. Also, this information must be able to match the reading capacities of a wide audience range, from second graders with a high reading level, to adults.

  • They are imbued with emotion.

It has to touch the hearts and emotions of its readers. Often, middle school literature can bring its readers to a point where they have to face hard truths, but it does it with a heart of compassion and grace.

So what is the lesson we can learn from these three observations? Just as people love middle school literature for these reasons, people also look for these in their pastor’s sermon.

 

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