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Must Be Something in the Water
Students research water pollution and create a class guide to raise the public's awareness about this issue. They write papers analyzing the effectiveness of the guide after it is read by members of the community.
The Science of Aging
Students reflect on the lives of older people they know, then research and debate the key issues surrounding scientific experimentation in anti-aging. They write a short story that reflects their own philosophical beliefs on aging and longevity.
Animal Tales Around the World
Students explore characteristics of Indian Tales/ Parables. In this literature instructional activity, students compare contemporary society to western culture through analysis. Students create their own tales using this genre.
Be a Vishnu Avatar
Pupils write a story about a problem on earth. They imagine themselves as one of Vishnu's avatars or create another avatar for Vishnu who can solve the problem.
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“. . . world religions disagree on the most fundamental teachings. They cannot all be right or all be different parts of the same truth. Either one is true or all are false.” Accepting this premise is essential when examining this resource that purports to present a comparison of eight major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese (Confucianism, Taoism), Sikhism, Shintoism, and Atheism.
Applying Ahimsa to Traditional Stories
Investigate the life of Mahatma Gandhi by researching non-violent lifestyles. Learners define the word ahimsa and discuss the personal characteristics that made Gandhi a peaceful warrior. They also create a poster about the story "The Little Red Hen" as an example of a story with a moral. This is a multi-grade lesson because it can be adapted to so many different stories and examples. Character analysis and comparisons between texts are made.
Haven't I Seen You Somewhere Before?
High schoolers discover the true meaning of karma and the related concept of samsara by reading the Jataka Tales. Learners work in groups to become familiar with one form of Buddhist storytelling and examine how Jataka Tales are used as teaching tools.
Ninth graders investigate the symbols and historical figures of the five main religions of the world. They participate in a class discussion, listen to a lecture and take notes, and write five Haikus, one about each major religion of the world.
Eighth graders explore the major religions of the world. In this religion lesson, 8th graders create a foldable with the characteristics of the religions to study. Students watch videos, PowerPoint slides and look at pictures from the various religions.
Students consider cultural diversity. In this Islam lesson, students discuss what they know about the religion and then conduct further research on Muslim practices. Students share their findings and discuss cultural diversity.
Students reflect on how religion has played a major role in globalization. In this instructional activity, students visit multiple internet sites, then participate in a class discussion on the various ideas on globalization that they learned in their readings. The instructional activity concludes with the students writing an essay on the topic.
Teaching the History of Religion
A study of the history of religions around the world can lead to many interesting activities and projects.
India: A Quick Overview of Indian History
Only 18 slides, but they sure do cover a large time period! From Indian geography and the Aryan Invasion, to the Marya Empire and Buddhism, this overview touches on basic information regarding Indian history. Perfect as an introduction or overview, and review questions are included.
Practice What You Preach
Students explore the meaning of religious tolerance, first by analyzing quotations about the acceptance of different beliefs and then by researching the history of tolerance within various religions as related to the quotations.
Love, American Style
Students examine the cultural diffusion of American popular culture around the world and create collages of visual representations of this phenomenon. Causes and effects of the cultural diffusion of American popular culture around the world are discussed.
A Work Of Faith
Students study about different types of religious art; they then select representative works from different faiths to create their own exhibit. They research a specific religious art tradition and create an exhibit of works of art from this faith.
An Introduction to Islam
Learners research the basic philosophical and ethical ideas of Islam and the ways in which they are similar to or different from other major religions of the world.
Focus of Native American Religious Practices
Here are five quick lessons you can use to introduce your class to religions from around the world. They view and perform a Native American dance, watch a video on Judaism, compare the difference between Catholics and Protestants, watch a video on Eastern religion, and participate in a simulated hajj. Note:These lessons are very simplistic and not fully developed.
Culture - Unit on Religion and Globalization
Students examine the impact of religious beliefs on perspectives about globalization. They watch and discuss a video, identify the role of the International Monetary Fund, read and discuss articles, and write an essay.
Exploring the Daoist worldview
Students study the accompanying quotes from the Dao dejing, the Zhuangzi and other Daoist writings. They determine particular implications for knowledge issues and ways of knowing.