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Students watch a movie on religious violence in 16th century Europe and then write a background about a picture they are given on violence. In this religious violence lesson plan, students create the background by making inferences about the picture.
For this Religious Helter Skelter worksheet, students answer twelve questions by filling in the blank and then locate the answers in a word search puzzle. Finally, there is a decoding activity to decipher a message.
Learners 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.
High schoolers 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. High schoolers complete the provided worksheet activities as well.
Learners perform a readers theater about Anne Hutchinson and her religious dissent. In this religious dissent lesson plan, students re-enact her trial through the reader's theater.
Students identify First Amendment rights of Freedom of Religion. They identify the colonies which were settled by people escaping religious persecution. They study the beliefs of the five major religions in the US.
Students investigate Islam Awareness Week. In this Muslim traditions lesson, students visit the listed Web sites to research Muslim traditions, religious hate crimes, and British Muslims. 
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.
Eleventh graders explore the influence of religion on U.S. History. Using an internet database website, they research the religious affiliation of governors, Presidents and Vice-Presidents. Students write a paragraph explaining how religions affected U. S. History.
Young scholars identify major world religions and forms of spirituality and recognise the religious diversity of communities in Australia. They brainstorm for the definition of religion. Students brainstorm to come up with a list of religions.
Students complete worksheets and analyze passages about religious tolerance in Colonial Maryland. In this religious tolerance lesson plan, students discuss Maryland as a colony and answer short answer questions about it.
Students respond to questions about Buddhism and Shinto beliefs. They review two reading selections and consider how religious beliefs are incorporated into Japanese culture.
Young scholars 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.
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.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 3 short answer and essay questions based on religious themes in Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Students may also complete their choice of 3 reading activities suggested.
Here is a bit of art history that deals with artistic expression during an age of religious conflict. Iconography, mannerism, baroque style, and Shakespeare are all covered in this simple presentation. 
Kick-start Black History Month with a fantastic resource that blends a study of prominent African American leaders in history with information on different religions. Beginning with a brainstorm and then leading into a collaborative timeline activity, your class members will break into groups and read and research the biographical and historical information of such noteworthy figures as Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the influence of their religious beliefs on their activism and their contributions to society. They will then arrange themselves into chronological order according to the accomplishments of the figures they researched and peer-teach their group's findings to their classmates.
Students determine that religious expression is a historical factor in the founding of the United States. They discover that tolerance of religious expression is known around the world as a key element in the founding freedoms and ideas of our nation.
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.

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