Teaching Chumash Analytically

By: Rabbi Jacob Fayazi
from Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island

Category:
Development of Critical and / or Creative Thinking

Subject(s) of entry:
Tanach

Pedagogy:

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
second grade

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
2, 3, 4, 5

Traditionally, verses in the Torah have been taught in the classroom to younger students in a superficial and mindless format. The assumption is that young minds are incapable of grasping anything but the most simple concepts. By dividing each verse into an outline format, each phrase in the verse can be seen as it relates to other phrases in the same verse and to phrases in adjacent verses and these relationships can be used to promote critical thought in the classroom.