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Hinduism and Buddhism Develop
In this Hinduism instructional activity, students fill in a chart comparing Buddhism and Hinduism, the write briefly about the traditions of Jainism.
Compare and Contrast: Hinduism and Buddhism
This presentation offers three tasks to assist students in better understanding the similarities and differences between Hinduism and Buddhism. They answer a multiple choice question, write a paragraph explaining Buddhist rejection of the caste system, and complete a Venn diagram. This appears to be a review tool for use prior to an exam or after a completed unit.
In this Hinduism learning exercise, students, after reading "The Story of Rama and Sita," match six main characters with their descriptions. Students choose two characters from the story and fill in the two boxes with words and phrases that describe each one.
Religion: Location, Diffusion, and Cultural Landscape
Clear and well-organized presentations are hard to come by. Luckily, here you'll find excellent information of the location, diffusion, and cultural landscape of each of the world's seven major religions. A truly helpful resource for covering material that could get quite complicated. Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are all defined in terms of their cultural context and diffusion.
Religions of the World
A perfect resource for encouraging an understanding of the world's religions and note taking skills. Text is broken into a classic note taking style, ideal for teaching good habits. Content includes a break down of major religions, separated into monotheistic and polytheistic categories. All seven major religions plus two secondary religions are discussed.
KWHL Questioning Strategy Instructions: Siddhartha
". . . gentlenenss is stronger than severity, water is stronger than rock, love is stronger than force." Prior to beginning Siddhartha, employ a KWHL strategy to provided your class members with the background knowledge of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Indian culture they will need for Herman Hesse's novel about his character's spiritual journey. Complete directions are included for the activities that will set readers on their own journey of self-discovery as they watch Siddhartha learn, "Your soul is the whole world."
Yann Martel: compelling author of the 21st Century
Readers of Life of Pi will find this presentation compelling. Not only does it provide background information on author Yann Martel, Hinduism, and Islam, but questions to comtemplate as well. A perfect complement to the novel.
Hinduism Match the Cards
In this Hinduism worksheet, learners identify the Hindu religion through terms and pictures. Cards may be categorized according to worship terms, symbols, or holy books and compared and contrasted with other world religions.
Belief Systems – Grade Six
Students explore world religions. In this history of religions lesson plan, students work in groups to research one of five religions. Students complete a research worksheet and generate one related question and one significant symbol to represent their assigned religion. Students share information by rotating groups, and then play a board game to review information learned.
Caste In Stone?
Students examine India's caste system. After learning about the history and development of the caste system, students discuss how new political power granted to women in lower castes is affecting the political and social climate of India.
Five Major World Religions
Seventh graders research and identify various aspects of five major world religions including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. They use Microsoft Word tables to chart and compare their findings.
Divine Faith Discussion
High schoolers gain an introduction to the learning and cultural achievement fostered under Akbar through an exploration of an illustration from the Akbarnama (History of Akbar).
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Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism. The major religions of the world are the focus of a resource that uses flashcard decks to engage users in a study of the principles and practices of these belief systems.
Diwali-Hindu New Year
Students demonstrate their understanding of the themes and symbols that are associated with Diwali. They participate in a service project centered on spreading good luck and fortune in their community.
Lessons of the Indian Epics: Following the Dharma
Young scholars examine how the epic poem, "Ramayana" teaches dharma, one of Hinduism's most important tenets. They read the abridged version of the "Ramayana," identify the main plot points, complete a chart, and write an essay on a moral dilemma from the poem.
Religion and Globalization
Young scholars consider the influence of religious values in global perspectives. In this global issues instructional activity, students research noted articles and documents about globalization, discuss the implications of living in a global society, and determine whether religion opposes or supports globalization initiatives.
Trade Spreads Indian Religions and Culture
India's religion and cultural practices spread as trade and desire for their resources increased. Examine the shifts in Buddhism, Hinduism, and regional cultures that came with the spread of Indian trade. This presentation could be an example for globalization or act as a comparative case study for similar situations involving globalization and other economies.
Students describe, illustrate, and present main beliefs of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Animism, Judaism, or Christianity religion. They share with a partner their most significant fact about each leader interviewed. Students use at least five of their intelligences, present the main beliefs of one of the main world religions or philosophies.
Comparing World Religions
Sixth graders participate in a lesson of comparing the religions of the world. They conduct research using the essential questions provided in the lesson. There is a rubric for the writing assignment for assessment.
Teaching Reading Comprehension through Social Studies Readings
Examine how immigrants have changed the environment of the United States. Individually, middle schoolers will take a pre- and post-test to assess their reading comprehension. In groups, they compare and contrast the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam while they practice reading a page aloud to the class. To end the lesson, they analyze graphs and research the contributions of immigrants to the nation as a whole. Resource links are included.