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Welcome to the desert


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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.

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Welcome to the desert

  1. 1. Welcome to the Desert
  2. 2. The desert has inspired several religions and spiritual figures.
  3. 3. <ul><li>The Egyptians worship of the Sun God Ra. </li></ul><ul><li>When the Jews left Egypt they spent 40 years in the desert. </li></ul><ul><li>Moses encounters God. </li></ul><ul><li>Mohammed the prophet of Islam loved the deserts and mountains and often spent time meditating and praying in the silence of the desert. </li></ul><ul><li>According to the Christian Bible Jesus Christ spent 40 days and 40 nights in the desert. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The desert is a lonely place <ul><li>The desert is a place where people went to be alone with God, able to reflect, meditate, pray without distraction. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a place of Refuge. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>David escapes from Saul. </li></ul><ul><li>The Jewish fighters escape to Masada </li></ul><ul><li>Moses flees into the desert after killing the Egyptian. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Jeremiah and Hosea: the desert as a place for the purification and renewal of Israel. </li></ul><ul><li>Moses : the desert is where he sees the burning bush. </li></ul><ul><li>Elijah : the desert as a place of prayer and purification. </li></ul><ul><li>David’s psalms refer to the desert. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Psalm 63 <ul><li>A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  8. 8. THE DESERT Rev. Bill McDonald <ul><li>Every desert is but an orphaned beach, abandoned long ago by ancient seas. Thirsty sands that still dream of ocean embraces. </li></ul>
  9. 9. THE DESERT Rev. Bill McDonald <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The word  desert  brings to mind powerful images for many people. <ul><li>Some believe a desert to be a hot, barren place without surface water. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Others think of a desert as a dry region covered with sand dunes and tall, branching cacti. </li></ul>
  12. 12. That is only a Fable . <ul><li>Deserts actually support large, diverse populations of animals and plants, easily seen once you know how to look. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Now write your own poem about the desert. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>DESERT ACROSTIC </li></ul><ul><li>Write an acrostic poem about the desert. Begin each line with a word or phrase that starts with the letter on that line. </li></ul><ul><li>D__________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>E__________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>S__________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>E__________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>R__________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>T__________________________________ </li></ul>