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Exploring Religious Violence and Persecution in 16th Century Europe
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.
New! Celebrating African American/Black Leaders in History: Their Religions and Their Legacy
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.
Culture and Food and Ritual, Oh My!
Here is a fantastic instructional activity 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 instructional activity that contains everything needed: videos, links, worksheets, vocabulary, and background information.
Distorting Madonna in Medieval Art
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.
Religious Helter Skelter Quizzes
In 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.
Asian Islam and Arab Islam
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.
Religious Expression in Public Schools
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.
Religious Expression in Public Schools
Students 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. Students complete the provided worksheet activities as well.
Young scholars 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.
An Approach To Teaching Religious Tolerance
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.
A Religious Get-Together
Young scholars 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.
Native Americn Religious Beliefs and Practices
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.
Religious Influence On US History
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.
Australia's Religious Diversity
Learners 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.
Religious Tolerance in Colonial Maryland
Students complete worksheets and analyze passages about religious tolerance in Colonial Maryland. For this religious tolerance lesson plan, students discuss Maryland as a colony and answer short answer questions about it.
Japanese Religious Beliefs
High schoolers respond to questions about Buddhism and Shinto beliefs. They review two reading selections and consider how religious beliefs are incorporated into Japanese culture.
Too Religious In Turkey
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.
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.
Religious Themes in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
In this reading comprehension learning exercise, 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.
Arts in the Age of Religious Conflict: 1560-1648
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.