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Here is a fantastic lesson that integrates the culture, food, and rituals of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The class discusses what they know about the holidays typically associated with each of the three religions, then they analyze and define food rituals. In small groups, they conduct research on one religious holiday and use their research to construct a menu, which will be used as the basis of large-group discussions on the similarities and differences in each religious holiday. A well-thought-out lesson that contains everything needed: videos, links, worksheets, vocabulary, and background information.
Why was the prominent figure of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in medieval paintings commonly painted out of proportion? Discover the deep religious roots connected to European medieval art beginning in the sixth century. This video offers a brief, yet fascinating, look into the draw of Christianity at the fall of Rome, and the consequential transition away from a focus on physical beauty toward a more permanent, metaphysical beauty.
Focus on the impact and practice of Islam throughout Asia and the Middle East. Learners review the seven major religions, the spread of Islam, and Islamic tenets commonly practiced. They then research one country that practices Islamic beliefs. They are encouraged to use primary and secondary sources and will focus their papers on culture, status of women, traditions, and religious practices.
A fabulous collection of seven lessons on the New England Colonies is here for you. In these lessons, pupils participate in a variety of activities which will broaden their knowledge of the colonies. They study the geography, culture, and the religious beliefs of the Puritans and Pilgrims. Learners work in collaborative groups and create a timeline of important events during this important period in early American history.
Students divide into small groups, each one taking one of the sections of the letter from Secretary Riley, "Legal Guidelines on Religious Expression in Public Schools," the letter from Secretary Paige, and the document "Guidance on Constitutionality Protected Prayer in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools" to read and explain to the other class members.
Learners explore religious expression in the United States. In this religious freedom lesson, students read a handout regarding Religious Freedom Day and other handouts regarding religious expression in public schools. Learners complete the provided worksheet activities as well.
Students research how religions are created and how they influence the way people live. They identify the religious beliefs and practices of the Inuit, Lakota, Apache, Navajo and Iroquois Native Americans. Students find the similarities/differences of those beliefs and practices as well. They set up a tribal meeting to share their findings with the class.
Students read an article about how a candidate is being blocked by a court in Turkey. As a class, they share their opinions of someone with strong religious beliefs should be allowed to run a country. They role-play the role of advisors to Abduallah Gul suggesting what he should do since being blocked.
Ninth graders study the centrality of religion in the lives of many Americans and the ways in which religious beliefs shape political and social views of many citizens. They determine that in a nation of some 3,000 religious groups, we have to live together without religious consensus, adhering to principles of religious liberty in the First Amendment.
Students read an article about the removal of Christmas trees from the Seattle airport. As a class, they brainstorm the definition of a public place and put the First Amendment into their own words. In groups, they discuss whether or not the government should be allowed to put any religious symbols into public places. They role-play the role of a member of the airport commission and how they would respond to the situation in the article.