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This is a power point to brainstorm vocabulary and ideas about the desert. Introduction to the desert by using examples from ancient times and a modern poem. Students can then write their own poem.

This is a power point to brainstorm vocabulary and ideas about the desert. Introduction to the desert by using examples from ancient times and a modern poem. Students can then write their own poem.

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  • 1. Welcome to the Desert
  • 2. The desert has inspired several religions and spiritual figures.
  • 3.
    • The Egyptians worship of the Sun God Ra.
    • When the Jews left Egypt they spent 40 years in the desert.
    • Moses encounters God.
    • Mohammed the prophet of Islam loved the deserts and mountains and often spent time meditating and praying in the silence of the desert.
    • According to the Christian Bible Jesus Christ spent 40 days and 40 nights in the desert.
  • 4. The desert is a lonely place
    • The desert is a place where people went to be alone with God, able to reflect, meditate, pray without distraction.
    • It is a place of Refuge.
  • 5.
    • David escapes from Saul.
    • The Jewish fighters escape to Masada
    • Moses flees into the desert after killing the Egyptian.
  • 6.
    • Jeremiah and Hosea: the desert as a place for the purification and renewal of Israel.
    • Moses : the desert is where he sees the burning bush.
    • Elijah : the desert as a place of prayer and purification.
    • David’s psalms refer to the desert.
  • 7. Psalm 63
    • A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
    • 1 O God, you are my God,        earnestly I seek you;        my soul thirsts for you,        my body longs for you,        in a dry and weary land        where there is no water.
  • 8. THE DESERT Rev. Bill McDonald
    • Every desert is but an orphaned beach, abandoned long ago by ancient seas. Thirsty sands that still dream of ocean embraces.
  • 9. THE DESERT Rev. Bill McDonald
    • I am much like the desert when we are apart. My thirsty heart still dreams of your embrace, as if I were trying to reunite my soul, with something missing from myself.
  • 10. The word  desert  brings to mind powerful images for many people.
    • Some believe a desert to be a hot, barren place without surface water.
  • 11.
    • Others think of a desert as a dry region covered with sand dunes and tall, branching cacti.
  • 12. That is only a Fable .
    • Deserts actually support large, diverse populations of animals and plants, easily seen once you know how to look.
  • 13.
    • Now write your own poem about the desert.
  • 14.
    • DESERT ACROSTIC
    • Write an acrostic poem about the desert. Begin each line with a word or phrase that starts with the letter on that line.
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