When you read the Parable of the Good Samaritan with your students, help them understand why the people in the story do what they do, then help them reflect on how they can be more or less like each person. Your goal is to help them understand the message Jesus has for them them today through this parable.
To help your students relate to the people in the Parable of the Good Samaritan, invite them to perform the parable as an in-class skit using the script below.
You can copy and paste the script into a separate word document or you can download a PDF of the script along with discussion questions about the parable here:
The Meaning of the Parable of the Good Samaritan
Before your students perform the parable, read the Scripture passage together as a class (Luke 10:25-37). Share this video to help explain the meaning of the parable:
The Parable of the Good Samaritan: A Class Skit
Scene 1: A person walks along a road across the front of the room towards a group of robbers.
Jesus: A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers.
Robbers: Give us all your money!
Jesus: The robbers stole everything he had, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead.
Jesus: Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Priest: [walks across the room avoiding the victim as much as possible]
Jesus: Likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
Levite: [walks across the room avoiding the victim as much as possible]
Jesus: But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.
Samaritan: [walking near the victim] Are you all right?
Jesus: He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them.
Samaritan: [bandaging and caring for the victim] There. That should do it.
Jesus: Then he put him on his own animal.
Samaritan: C’mon, let’s get you to an inn so you can recover.
Jesus: The Samaritan took him to an inn to take care of him
[The Samaritan takes the victim to the innkeeper who waits at a desk or table in another part of the room. The innkeeper lets them in and the Samaritan lays the victim down gently.]
Scene 2: The innkeeper sits at the desk speaking with the Samaritan.
Jesus: The next day the Samaritan took two coins and gave them to the innkeeper.
Samaritan: Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.
Innkeeper: I certainly will.
Jesus: Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?
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