Joseph is overcome with emotion but does not want to show his feelings in front of his servants, so he tells them to leave.
Discuss with your children:
- Why do some people not want to show their feelings to others?
- Which feelings do your children not want to show to others and which do they not mind showing to others?
- What are the different ways that we show our emotions?
- Joseph could not hold back his feelings. Under what circumstances could you imagine not being able to hold back your feelings?
- Joseph did not want to show his feelings to his servants. What was the position of servants back in Joseph’s day? Are workers of today the same status as servants in Joseph’s day? What is the same and what is different?
- What is emotion? Research emotion and give a presentation to some people about it.
- Draw different faces showing different feelings. (You might want to look in a mirror to see your face change while you express different feelings.)
- Have you ever felt homesick or some other feeling and not wanted to let others know how you really felt? Write a conversation that you might have with yourself about not wanting to show your feelings, but not thinking that you can hold them back.
- Have you ever not seen your family for a long time? How did it feel when you finally saw them again? Write a poem or a song to express how you felt.
- Write Joseph’s account of how hard it was for him to hold back his feelings and how he decided to tell his servants to leave.