Through-lines are Big Picture ideas around which curriculum is developed.. Through-lines are qualities/ characteristics that we desire students to develop as God is revealed to them in all things. They are discipleship concepts that guide our living. These characteristics describe how we can become part of the restoration of creation. They answer “How NOW shall I live?” Through-lines weave the big ideas into a transformational worldview.
The Importance of Throughlines
Through-lines hold the unit together. Biblical Through-lines become the “thematic Velcro” that connect and organize the many facts, skills, and experiences from each unit and subject together. For example, after a study of Canada’s immigration policies, students might be very knowledgeable about immigration laws and know facts about immigration history. However, if this is where learning stops, it is inadequate because it is lacking “thematic Velcro” and does not address the question “How now shall I live?” The learning would consist of forgettable facts or meaningless knowledge and not necessarily relate to real people or situations in the student’s own community. Conversely, if the learning is thematically ”Velcro-ed” to the Biblical Through-lines of Justice-seeking and Community-building, it is hoped that the learning will be formational rather than just informational.
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