Pass out small papers and let students write one of the following on the paper: love it, like it, hate it. Collect and tally the vote on the board. Voting with the papers allows shy students to stay anonymous yet give their true opinions.
Discuss the various genres you have read. Make a two column chart on the white board and let the students split the books by category (fiction and nonfiction). Ask students if they prefer one category over the other. Discuss.
If the technology is available to you, consider making a George Muller Bio Cube together as a class.
Lessons from George Muller
(most of the discussion for this book focuses on Christian beliefs; if your co-op is not Christian, you will want to choose a different book for your group)
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 together. What was the "old" George Muller like? What was he like after Christ changed his life?
Did God ever answer George's prayers? When? What other ways did God provide for Muller? (examples found on pages 81, 82, 89, 90, ++)
Why do you think God prompted George Muller to study Hebrew?
What "bad" things happened in George's life? Read Romans 8:28. Sometimes we perceive things as "bad" but God is working things out for good. How is this evidenced with George Muller?
Read the description of the poorhouses (page 102). Discuss. What does God require of us? (compassion, mercy, etc.)
How did God prompt George to build an orphanage? How did God provide for the orphanage? (read pages 112-113)
Read pages 166-167. Is God magical? Discuss.
Discuss the concept of faith. Read parts of Hebrews 11 (we focused on verses 33-34).
Make Prayer & Thanksgiving Journals
Discuss the idea of a prayer journal or a thanksgiving journal (read pages 115-120). How does journaling help a Christian?
We spent the rest of class creating prayer and thanksgiving journals.