The Story of Esther Report

Lesson #4074

Create a unique report cover for religious reflection.

Grade Level:
3-5, 6-8

Decorate Megillah books to comprehend, appreciate and reflect on religious stories.

Have students write the story of Esther and attach it to a decorated Megillah for Purim.

21276-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Megillah - Large 27930-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Shabbat Combo - Large

Supplies Used: Adhesive Letters, Cardstock, Glue, Patterned Paper, Scissors, Shiny Self-Adhesive Gold Paper

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut the Megillah using light cream, dark cream and patterned paper. Leave the patterned Megillah whole. Use tan or any suitable color if cream paper is not available.
  2. Die-cut four or five pages of the Megillah using lined or white paper for the report. Trim along the perforations on both sides of the pages (Figure A).
  3. Have students write their report on the trimmed pages. Staple the completed report to the page area of the patterned Megillah (Figure B).
  4. Trim along the perforations on the right side and the top and bottom of the light cream Megillah. Print or use adhesive letters for the title of the report (Figure C).
  5. Adhere the light cream Megillah to the patterned Megillah only on the left side (Figure D).
  6. Cut highlights from the dark cream Megillah and adhere to the light cream Megillah (Figure E).
  7. Die-cut the Star of David from the Shabbat Combo using gold Shiny Self-Adhesive Paper. Attach the Star of David to the Megillah (see Main Photo).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

  • Figure D

  • Figure E

English Language Arts: Applying Knowledge and Language Skills

K-12: Standard 6

  • Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.

K-12: Standard 12

  • Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).

Standards for the English Language Arts, by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, Copyright 1996 by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted with permission.

Source: NCTE/IRA Standards for the English Language Arts

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

K-4 Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes

  • Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.

K-4 Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

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