Gospel of John

Correction: The assignment below reflects 6 signs in the traditional sense of the word (miracles) and one sign that is still very much a sign of something deeper, but not a miracle and not on the traditional list of 7 signs (clearing the temple).  All students will be required to write on these seven signs (the ones described below).  They should not be confused by the traditional list of the seven signs in the gospel of John, which reflect the seven miraculous signs of Christ.  The purpose of this assignment is slightly different, so PLEASE use the list below!  Thanks!!!  - Mr. Hansen

7 Signs Paper - Due Friday March 1st 

Students will write a 3-4 page paper on the seven signs from John’s gospel.  This assignment must follow the normal writing expectations of 12 pt Times New Roman font, Double-Spaced, 1 inch margins and MLA format (please single space the header).  

John’s gospel presents seven miracles that Jesus did, which are referred to as “signs,” either by John (the author) or by others in the story itself.  Each of these miracles reveals something about Jesus and serves to contribute to John’s overall purpose for writing his gospel (see John 20:30-31).

In this paper, students will be required to explain the overall purpose of the seven signs, including what they all have in common as far as their purpose and message.  Students will also need to write a minimum of one paragraph (min 4 sentences) about each sign, explaining what makes each sign unique and valuable.  It is permissible and even encouraged that students use subheadings for the individual content about each sign.  Students should look to point to the deeper meaning of each sign, not merely the display of miraculous power.  Be sure to answer the question, “What does it mean?”

Seven Signs:

  1. Water into Wine             John 2:1-11

  2. Clearing the Temple      John 2:13-23

  3. Official's Son Healed     John 4:43-54

  4. Paralysed Man Walks    John 5:1-24

  5. Feeding the 5,000          John 6:1-15

  6. Blind Man Sees              John 9:1-41

     7. Lazarus’ Resurrection   John 11

Memory Verse

John 11:25-26 (completed at home)

Due Wednesday Feb. 27th 

Memory Verse

John 10:10 (completed at home)

Due Monday Feb. 4th


In addition to all the previously specified expectations, students will now be required to do journal entries on the exact same passages. This should clear up some confusion going forward. There should be journal entries representing each of the following passages:

John 13 - 13:1-20, 13:21-30, 13:31-35, 13:36-38

John 14 - 14:1-14, 14:15-30

John 15 - 15:1-17, 15:18-27

John 13-15 is Due Monday Feb. 4th (8 Entries)


John 16 - 16:1-15, 16:16-24, 16:25-33

John 17 - 17:1-5,   17:6-19,   17:20-26

John 18 - 18:1-14, 18:15-18, 18:19-24, 18:25-27, 18:28-40

John 16-18 is Due Monday Mar. 11th (11 Entries)


John 19 - 19:1-16, 19:17-27, 19:28-37, 19:38-42

John 20 - 20:1-10,  20:11-18, 20:19-23, 20:24-31

John 21 - 21:1-14,  21:15-19, 21:20-25

John 19-21 is Due Monday Apr. 15th (11 Entries)

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A final paper will take the place of a final test.  Here is a description of the assignment:

The Most Important Passage


John 1-8


For this assignment, students will write a paper describing which passage they feel is the most important passage in the first eight chapters of the Gospel of John. They will need to provide thoughtful reasons for their selected passage. The assignment should follow this pattern:

  • Paragraph 1 – Introduction
  • Hook (1-3 sentences)
  • Thesis (1 sentence)
  • List of three reasons why this passage is the most important passage.
  • Paragraph 2 – Reason #1
  • Paragraph 3 – Reason #2
  • Paragraph 4 – Reason #3
  • Paragraph 5 – Summary/Conclusion

Each paragraph should be 4-5 sentences and should explain your reasoning for the selected passage and its importance.

The paper should be written in 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced. There should be a header with Name and Date and a Title for the paper.

A rough draft for this paper will be due Dec. 13th. Students will review one another’s papers that Thursday and Friday and the final draft will be due Monday Dec. 17th.

If students do not participate in the rough draft stage, they will see their grade affected, even if the final product is of a high quality. The rough draft stage is required!

Reading Journals for John chapters 10-12 are Due Nov. 14th. 

Memory Verse Due Tuesday Nov. 11/27/18 - John 6:44

Now that reading journals have been turned in for chapters 7-9, students should begin working on chapters 10-12 (as soon as they get their journals back from Mr. Hansen).

There is no memory verse due the week of Nov. 13-16.

Reading Journals for John chapters 7-9 are Due Nov. 9th.

Memory Verse Due Mon. Nov. 5 - John 5:44 (Parents: Please test your students via the means stated below)  


Mr. Hansen

Memory Verse Due Mon. 10/22 - John 5:18  (Parents will test their students via the means stated below)  


Mr. Hansen

Some students have requested that I post the rubric for the Reading Journals on the homework blog... Here it is!

Name: John Doe


Text: John 10:22-42 (1 point per header line)

Theme: I and the Father are One

Personal Reflection

(min. 3 sentences)

 Jesus is explaining to the people that he and God the Father are one. He also the treatment of the sheep (God’s people) by the Father and Christ is the same because they are one. Because Jesus claimed to be one with God, they tried to kill him.


(min. 1 question)

 Why does Jesus correct the people by saying, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said you are gods?’” Is Jesus saying that all of us are in some way gods?

My Prayer

(min. 2 sentences)

Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending your one and only Son who was the perfect embodiment of you and was in fact you in the flesh. Please help me to never to be like the Jews who rejected you simply because they didn’t understand.

Note to Parents: I'm sorry that I haven't updated the blog in quite some time.  My two week absence threw me off a bit and I am still learning this whole communication aspect of my role.  I thank you very much for your patience!  Here is an update regarding your child's studies.

For the week of 10/01/18

Memory Verses - This week we began doing memory verses a different way.  They will now take their memory verse quizes at home.  They may attempt them as many times as you want.  I ask that you please grade the quiz by deducting one point for any word that they add or subtract from the actual verse.  They may use whatever translation that you are comfortable with, however, the school encourages the following: NASB, KJV & NKJV.  I personally tend to use the ESV the most.  Once you have checked their work, please sign the paper to indicate that a parent/guardian has ensured they didn't cheat or anything.

Memory Verse Due October 1st - John 1:14 

Memory Verse Due October 8th - None.  I am actually giving them a week off of memory verses.

Reading Journals - Most students have now turned in their reading journals to be graded.  They were due Sept 26th.  Those who have not turned them in will see a grade reduction. 

Grades - Some of you have looked on PowerSchool to check your student's grade.  To be honest, I didn't even know this was an option for parents, but I don't currently recommend it.  The grades in PowerSchool are accurate for individual assignments, but not for the overall grade.  I have to figure out how PowerSchool is doing the calculation and get it corrected.  Thank you for your patience in this.  If you have questions about your student's performance at school, please feel free to email me at khansen@victorycs.org. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences - I hope to meet and talk with you all on October 18 & 19!


For the week of 08/27/18

Monday - Friday Homework

Read: Canonization of the New Testament (Due Tuesday 09/04/18)

Complete: Canonization Questionnaire (28 questions) (Due Tuesday 09/04/18)

Study: We will take a quiz on the entire section we've been studying on the Doctrine of the Word of God.  The quiz will be Wednesday 09/05/18.

For the week of 08/20/18

Monday - Friday Homework

Memory Verse: John 20:30-31 (due Mon. 08/27/18)