Activities to Introduce the Doctrine
The following activities can:
- Help youth review the doctrine they learned in a previous lesson and ensure that their understanding is correct.
- Introduce the doctrine the youth will be learning about in class or quorum meeting.
The youth can participate in these activities individually, in small groups, or as a class or quorum. Remember that the best ideas will come to you as you consider the needs of the youth you teach.
Help the youth review the doctrine, and ensure that their understanding is correct
Share what you remember
Have youth share something they remember or learned from last week’s lesson.
Write a statement on the board
Invite the youth to write on the board a summary statement of what they learned.
Draw what you learned
Invite the youth to draw a picture of what they learned.
What impressed you?
Invite several youth to share what impressed them about the lesson.
Summarize in one word or sentence
Invite the youth to summarize in one word or one sentence what they learned.
Compare to an object or picture
Show an object or picture to the youth, and ask how it relates to the previous lesson.
Share what you did to apply what was taught in last week’s lesson. Invite the youth to share what they did.
Ask the youth to answer questions that were addressed in last week’s lesson.
Invite the youth to share a scripture that they remember from last week’s lesson.
Teach what you know
Ask the youth to teach another member of the class or quorum what they remember about the doctrine taught last week.
Explain a phrase
Write on the board a phrase from last week’s lesson, and ask the youth to explain it.
Introduce the doctrine the youth will be learning about in class or quorum meeting
Find the doctrine in the scriptures
Invite the youth to look in the scriptures for a verse that teaches the doctrine of the lesson.
Ask a question
Invite the youth to respond to a question about the doctrine.
Sing a hymn
Invite the youth to sing a hymn related to the doctrine.
Answer the question in the lesson title
Write on the board the question in the title of the lesson, and invite the youth to ponder how they would answer it.
Ask the youth to role-play a situation in which someone asks them a question about the doctrine. How would they answer?
Explain what you know
Ask class members to explain what they know about the doctrine.
Divide the doctrine into parts
Divide the doctrine into parts, and assign different youth to explain what each part means.
Explain a picture or object
Show the youth a picture or object related to this week’s lesson, and ask them to explain it.
Draw a picture
Invite the youth to draw a picture that represents what they understand about the doctrine you will be discussing.
Find and share scriptures
Ask the youth to find a scripture that helps answer the question in the title of the lesson.
Summarize what you know
Invite the youth to summarize in a few words or phrases what they know or have experienced about the doctrine.
Give the youth a short, anonymous survey that asks about their feelings or experiences related to the doctrine.
Give the youth a brief quiz to find out what they already know about the doctrine.
Make a list of words
Ask the youth to think of words that relate to the doctrine they will be discussing. Which words or phrases do they have questions about?