Determine the important qualities a monarch needs to have
By the end of the lesson, the children will have read about the way in which Saul disobeyed God and thought about the qualities needed to be a good monarch.
- Brainstorm – What Makes a Good Monarch? – Ask the class to think about the qualities and attributes needed to be a good King or Queen. Think about what they would need to do as a ruler, how they need to behaviour and what strengths they need to have.
- Samuel Asked to Appoint a King – Tell the class that the Israelites had been ruled by judges (including Deborah, Gideon and Samuel). Samuel appointed his sons judges but they were corrupt. The people wanted a king as they believed this would help protect them from the Philistines.
“Now that you are old, and your sons do not follow your example, appoint a king over us, as other nations have, to judge us.” (1 Samuel 8:5). This was problematic for Samuel because he took it as a personal rejection. It also conflicted with the notion of God as King.
- The Story of Saul – Read through the story of Saul and how he was appointed King by Samuel. Discuss the fact that Saul, as God had said, was a bad King. Discuss the implications of lying to God.
- Option 1: Job Advertisement – Hand out the Job Advertisement description sheet and ask children to design an appropriate advert for a new King of the Israelites. Children to think carefully about the qualities needed to be a king and also how they will present the advert.
- Option 2: Crowning Moments – Using the Crown Template, children to write and draw pictures about what makes a good monarch. Think about good qualities and strengths needed to lead a country.
- Interviewing for the King – Ask a few children to interview for the position of King. The rest of the class should be the interview panel and come up with appropriate questions to ask the candidates.