Road to Emmaus Post-Primary Resource

The Journey from Jerusalem to Emmaus                

Lesson 1: Story of Emmaus (Introduction)

Lesson 2: People of Hope & Disillusionment Emmaus

Lesson 3: The Word of God                  

Lesson 4: The Breaking of Bread

Lesson 5: Recognising the Lord in our Midst 

Lesson 6: Our Mission

The above resources have been adapted from the Catholic Schools Week 2012 Resources booklet and you can download the resource booklet in English here or in Irish here.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to analyse the story of Jesus’ appearance after his resurrection on the Road to Emmaus and the understand the impact of this appearance on the disciples.
  • Students will have reflected on the theme of ‘Hope & Disillusionment’ (Luke 24: 13-24)
  • Students will have an understanding of the central role the Bible plays in the life of faith and why it is at the heart of what Christians do as believers.
  • Students will have explored & reflected on the importance of Sunday for Christians.
  • Students will recognise how we can be ‘Eucharist’ for others & who was Eucharist for Jesus.
  • Students will have reflected on the mission of Jesus in the world & the call to be ‘Agents for Change’ in our world today.

Curricular Links: Junior Certificate R.E. Section B, Part 4: “Stories of Jesus’ appearance after his death & the impact of these appearances on the apostles.” 

Link with J.C. Statements of Learning: Communicates effectively, Appreciates and Critically interprets the story of the Road to Emmaus, Values what it means to be an Active Citizen, with Rights and Responsibilities in local and wider contexts, Uses ICT effectively and ethically in learning.

J.C. Key Skills: Being Creative (e.g. Lesson 4 ‘Sunday’ reflection exercises; Managing Information & Thinking (e.g. Lesson 2 ‘Scavenger Hunt’ ICT exercise, Working with Others (e.g. Lesson 1 ‘Think, Pair & Share’ exercise), Being Spiritual (e.g. Lesson 3 ‘Lectio Divina ‘ exercise, Communicating (e.g. Lesson 5 ‘Eucharist for others’ exercise), Managing Myself (e.g. Lesson 6 ‘Personal values’ exercise). 

Time: 40 minutes approximately per lesson.

You Need: A data projector & internet access are needed for each lesson. The resource is designed for use by students with access to an iPad/tablet or computer to use as their textbook as they interact with each lesson and complete various tasks.

Literacy: Click here for Key Words from the Emmaus Story. In each lesson a variety of vocabulary words are highlighted in red and you can get a definition of each of these words by simply clicking on the word. Lesson 2 has an exercise involving researching positive words.

Numeracy: Bible Referencing, 5 steps of Lectio Divina, Mission (Lesson 6) exercise on the costs of the Sarah McLachlan video.


  • Share the learning intention & the criteria for success
  • Questioning: Allow for wait time, use distributed answering & think, pair & share
  • Peer/self assessment: Have students discuss & check work in pairs or small groups before handing in assignments. Also have students review their own work first before handing it in and their comments can show their grasp of the intended learning outcomes as well as their own learning.
  • Written Assignments/Feedback: Use three strand feedback (1)what has been done well; (2) key areas to work on relevant to the learning aims of the exercise; (3) the next steps to be taken by the student to improve from where s/he is now.
  • Homework Assignments: If you choose to set any homework try to do this at beginning of class, provide written criteria & exemplars and give time for written reflection by students on outcomes of homework (comments, suggestions etc.) and enable follow up discussion with other students or teacher.

Ten ideas for small group work in the R.E. Classroom booklet

  1. Think Pair Share
  2. Round Robin
  3. Placemat and Round Robin
  4. PMI
  5. Jigsaw
  6. Venn Diagram (comparison)
  7. T Charts
  8. Y Charts
  9. Graphic Organisers
  10. Numbered Heads

Click here for Lesson 1: Story of Emmaus (Introduction)