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The process started with learning about the subject. I'm not a bible scholar, but I am willing to write bible studies. Mostly I just share the questions I wonder about as I try to make sense of the readings. I use BibleGateway.com as a tool, as it has many translations and a robust search feature. I copied the relevant bits of scripture out, and made it into a study. (Shared here.) I got to discuss it with three groups of people before writing the story. In particular, with a men's group where (rather unbelievably) I'm a junior member. Finally it was time to write the story. (Shared here.) I wrote the narrative, following the facts of the story. I went over it again, thinking about the teaching point(s) of each of the three days. I'm not always explicit with those, but it's going to be harder for kids to notice if I don't put it in there to notice. I went over it again, strengthening and adding connections. Things like: if the ark is going to be used on day 2, make sure it's mentioned where I can on day 1. Go over it again - does it include what's important and is what's important emphasized? Finally, practice the telling.
My daughter performed with me to help with the illustration and comic relief, and we'd go through the story right before telling it. Originally she was going to be Joshua the first night when young, then Israelites later, but we wound up keeping her as Joshua because the kids seemed to identify her really strongly with the part. As we told the story, we responded to the kids' response. We monitored both their general engagement and asked questions about what they would do, or what thought might happen or what they knew about things in the story. We told one version to the K-4 crowd, and another to the age 3 and 4 group (with lots more marching around). We used the props and set pieces we had and figured out how to do things with limited time and resources.
Sounds a lot like teaching, right?
been writing about when he's considering how to set, describe and pitch the problems you find. I also think that's the kind of work we need to find better and better ways to share with each other, as it's very portable amongst schools and students.